Keck School of Medicine News and Notes
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October 22, 2014


Body Computing Conference highlights key medical technology
The eighth annual Body Computing Conference, organized by the USC Center for Body Computing(USC CBC), was held on Oct. 3 at USC, bringing together leaders in the digital health revolution. “Historically, medical apps have been under-represented, but new apps and innovations, like those we are unveiling today, equip patients to take control over their personal health,” said Leslie A. Saxon, MD, a Keck Medicine of USC cardiologist and founder/director of USC CBC. Read more.

Apuzzo receives Congress of Neurological Surgeons Founder’s Laurel Award
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons awarded its prestigious Founder’s Laurel Award to Michael L. J. Apuzzo, the Edwin M. Todd/Trent H. Wells, Jr. Professor of Neurological Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics at Keck School of Medicine of USC, yesterday at its annual meeting in Boston. The award honors his “exceptional service, lifelong dedication and meritorious accomplishments in the field of medical education." At the event, eminent composer Phillip Glass delivered the Michael L. J. Apuzzo Lecture on Creativity and Innovation. The lecture is presented as a yearly keynote at the international event.

USC-created program to advance medical training abroad receives national honor
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy's Ambassabor Program — conceived and created by the Keck School of Medicine's Jacques Van Dam, MD, PhD, professor of medicine — has received a 2014 Summit Award by the American Society of Association Executives. The award, which is one of only six given this year, recognizes associations that make "exemplary commitments to creating a stronger America and the world." The Ambassador Program is devoted to international outreach and international physician training in medically developing countries.

Open enrollment for benefits changes runs Oct. 27 to Nov. 14
Open enrollment for benefits-eligible faculty and staff of the University begins soon, and employees are encouraged to choose Keck Medicine of USC providers by signing up for the USC Network Medical Plan. Read more.


Thursday, Oct. 23

1 – 2:30 p.m. Massry Prize Lecture. Steven A. Rosenberg, National Cancer Institute; Zelig Eshhar, Weizmann Institute of Science; James P. Allison, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Mayer Auditorium. Info and RSVP:, code: Massry2014.

Friday, Oct. 24

8 a.m. Dept. of Pathology Grand Rounds. “Establishing a Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in Low and Middle Income Countries: The Salvadoran Experience,” Juan C. Felix, USC. Hoffman Bldg, Room 202. Info: Leslie Wauke, (323) 442-1180,

8:30 a.m. USC Center for Lung Biology Research Seminar. “Syndecan-1: A Central Regulator of Lung Repair and Inflammation,” Peter Chen, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. IRD 732/34. Info: Elva Rubio, (323) 226-7923,

11 a.m. Microbiology Seminar. “Common Chemistry Between Bacteriophages and KSHV Revealed by CryoEM,” Z. Hong Zhou, UCLA. NRT

Noon. Center for Applied Molecular Medicine Seminar. “Consilience and Oncology: Convergence of Physical Sciences and Engineering in Cancer Research,” Larry A. Nagahara, NIH. Harkness Auditorium. Info: Rosa Rangel, (323) 442-3849,

Monday, Oct. 27

Noon. KSOM Research Seminar. “Viperin, Human Cytomegalovirus, Mitochondria, Metabolism And Membranes,” Peter Cresswell, Yale University School of Medicine. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Mary Jane Chua, (323) 442-7732,

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Noon. Dept. of Medical Education Lecture. "Faculty Development: Clinical Teaching on the Fly,” Tatum Korin and Stephanie Zia, USC. Norris Medical Library, East Conference Room. Info and RSVP: Cris Argosino, (323) 442-2746,

5:30 p.m. Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. HC4 Conference Room, Third Floor. Info: Ty Christopher, (213) 409-5233,  

Wednesday, Oct. 29

8:30 a.m. Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Lecture. “ARDS,” Janice Liebler, MD, USC. IRD 732/34. Info: Elva Rubio, (323) 226-7923,

Noon. Dept. of Medical Education Seminar. "Faculty Development: Tools for TeachingTeamwork,” DJulie Nyquist and Denise Souder, USC. Norris Medical Library, East Conference Room. Info and RSVP: Cris Argosino, (323) 442-2746,

Noon. The Saban Research Institute Seminar. “MicroRNAs-mediated Oncogenesis in Pediatric Embryonal Brain Tumors,” Annie Huang, University of Toronto. Saban Research Building, first floor auditorium, CHLA. Info: Laura Rabin, (323) 361-8715,,

Thursday, Oct. 30

Noon. Dept. of Medical Education Seminar. "Faculty Development: Root Cause Analysis,” Julie Nyquist, Tatum Korin and Win May, USC. Norris Medical Library, East Conference Room. Info and RSVP: Cris Argosino, (323) 442-2746,

Noon. Research Center for Liver Diseases Seminar. “Intestinal Stem Cell and Metabolic Responses During Gut Adaptation in Short Bowel Syndrome,” Deborah Rubin, Washington University School of Medicine. Hastings Auditorium. Info: Dolores Mendoza, (323) 442-1283,

4 p.m. Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute Seminar. “Sugar, Fat and Big Babies: Is Maternal BMI or Diet to Blame?” Lynn Barbour, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Harkness Auditorium. Info: Christina Ayala, (323) 442-2500,,

6 p.m. USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Talk. “Breast Cancer: Understanding the Risk Factors,” Christy Russell, USC. 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale. Info and RSVP: Celine Petrossian, (818) 952-2213,,

Friday, Oct. 31

Noon. Preventive Medicine Seminar. “New Directions in Population Health Seminar Series, Taking Social Determinants of Health Seriously. What Would It Take To Get Effective Action On A Global Scale?” Jody Heymann, UCLA. SSB 115/116. Info: Susan Largent, (323) 865-0805,

Media Mentions

An Oct. 17 story on the NBC Today Show quoted Alena Resnik, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of USC, in a story about singer Bono wearing sunglasses because of glaucoma. "If we do treat it soon enough, we can stop the progression and keep the vision at a certain level," said Resnik.

An Oct. 17 story on KABC TV included interviews with Paul Holtom, MD, associate professor of medicine and orthopedics, Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Stephanie Hall, MD, chief medical officer, Keck Medical Center of USC, about the ebola virus, as well as ebola preparations at Keck Medicine of USC.

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