Keck School of Medicine News and Notes
For faculty and staff of the Keck School of Medicine of USC

October 15, 2014


Neuroscientists claim rare pair of research grants, totaling $23 million
In a rare distinction for one university, neuroimaging world leaders and USC Professors Arthur Toga, PhD, and Paul Thompson, PhD, will receive two major research center awards to advance their exploration of the human brain. Toga and Thompson each will establish a Center of Excellence under a National Institutes of Health initiative to mine discoveries from the vast and exponentially growing amounts of data created by imaging science, genetic sequencing and many other biomedical fields. The awards total $12 million and $11 million for Toga and Thompson, respectively, over four years. NIH is funding several Centers of Excellence, including the two at USC, under its Big Data to Knowledge initiative. Read more.

Keck Medicine of USC expands urology services to Bakersfield
Keck Medicine of USC announced that the highly respected urologic practice of Bruce J. Joseph, MD, is now part of the Trojan family. The practice now provides comprehensive, world-class urologic care to Kern County and the greater San Joaquin Valley area as part of the USC Institute of Urology. Dr. Joseph has joined Keck Medicine of USC, and the practice, which remains in its current Bakersfield location, and is known as USC Urology Associates - Bakersfield.

Matthews named chief of cardiovascular medicine
Ray V. Matthews, MD, a highly regarded leader in interventional cardiology, has been named chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine in the Department of Medicine. As chief, Matthews, who is also professor of clinical medicine and director of interventional cardiology, will oversee the division’s academic and clinical operations, as well as its fellowship programs.


Thursday, Oct. 16

12:30 p.m. Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute Discussion. “Info Session (CHLA): KL2 Award,” Cecilia M. Patino-Sutton, USC. CLIC Conference Room, Clinical Investigations Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Info: Ray de Mesa, (323) 442-8281,,, RSVP:

3 - 5 p.m. Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Film Screening. “Una Vida,” Arclight Hollywood, 6360 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Info and RSVP: Briana Armour, (323) 442-2722, Additional info:

Friday, Oct. 17

11 a.m. Hematology Grand Rounds. “Exploring the Physicial Genome Using ‘Off-label’ Applications of High-Throughput Sequencing,” William J. Greenleaf, Stanford University. LAC+USC Medical Center Inpatient Tower Conference Room D. Info: Carolyn Castellanos, (323) 865-3913,

11 a.m. Microbiology Seminar. “Metabolic Adaptive Physiology of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis,”  Hyungjin Eoh, Weill Cornell Medical College. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Aileen Calimlim, (323) 442-1710,

Noon. Dept. of Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar. “Regulation of Host Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses by Yersinia Type III Effectors,” James Bliska, USC. John Stauffer Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, PSC 104. Info: Ruth Ballard, (323) 442-3400,

Sunday, Oct. 19

8 – 11:30 a.m. USC Pain Center Fundraiser. “USC Quench the Fire Run/Walk/Roll,” Woodley Avenue Park, 6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. Info: Steven Richeimer, (323) 442-6202,,

Monday, Oct 20

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. — Farmer’s Market. “For Sale: Berries, Jams, Herbs, Snacks and Produce bags.” Keck Hospital of USC Cafeteria.

Noon. KSOM Research Seminar. “A Multi-Pronged Approach for Developing Novel Therapeutic Agents for Alcohol Use Disorders,” Daryl L. Davies, USC. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Mary Jane Chua, (323) 442-7732,

Tuesday, Oct. 21

1 – 3 p.m. CTSI Workshop. “Increase the Reach and Impact of Your Research,” Katja Reuter, USC. Harkness Auditorium. Info: Francis Ukpolo, (323) 442-1996,,

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

Wednesday, Oct. 22

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

Noon. Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Seminar. “Functional Genomic Investigation of Neuropsychiatric Disease,” Dan Geschwind, UCLA. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Info: Julie Carl, (323) 442-3219,

3-5 p.m. Edmondson Faculty Center Open House. “Come Experience the Newly Remodeled Edmondson Faculty Center.” Edmondson Faculty Center. Info and RSVP:

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 & 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,

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

Media Mentions

An Oct. 9 story in the Los Angeles Times highlighted the awarding of two National Institutes of Health Centers of Excellence grants to Arthur Toga, PhD, professor of neurology and Paul Thompson, PhD, professor of neurology, Keck School of Medicine of USC, under the umbrella of a project called the ENIGMA Center for Medicine, Imaging and Genomics. The center will sift through biomedical data sets in a hunt for causes and possible treatments of brain diseases include autism, Parkinson's and schizophrenia, in hopes of developing data management strategies that enable advancements in neuroscience. The grant award was also covered by Science and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

An Oct. 6 story in the Physicians News Network quoted Leslie Saxon, MD, executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, on a story about the 2014 Body Computing conference and the willingness of industry to participate in digital health. "Samsung is now all in. Apple is all in … multibillion-dollar medical drug and device companies are all in," she said.

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