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

March 11, 2015

News

Researchers at Keck School of Medicine of USC identify molecule critical to asthma-causing cell’s survival

Scientists led by molecular immunologists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) have identified a way to target a recently discovered cell type that causes asthma, paving the way to cure the chronic respiratory disease that affects 25 million Americans. The exact causes of this chronic disease are unknown, but researchers believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors contribute to developing asthma. The principal investigator of the study is Omid Akbari, PhD, associate professor of molecular and cellular immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Read more

calendar

Thursday, March 12

Noon. Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis Lecture. “Traditional and Non-Traditional Roles of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme,” Kenneth Bernstein, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. McKibben Lecture Hall, 156. Info: Julie Lee, (323) 442-4844, julie.lee@med.usc.edu   

Noon. Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity Lecture. “Bring Your Lunch and Learn Seminar: Run-Hide-Fight Active Shooter Training,” Robert C. Vance III, USC. Soto II, conference room 2102. Info: Bob Vance, (323) 442-9915, robert.vance@med.usc.edu   

1:30 p.m. Keck Medicine of USC Stroke Support Group Meeting. “Moving Forward After Stroke,” Robbin Howard, USC. Keck Hospital, 3 North Acute Rehab Unit, Day Room (3261A). Info: Leslie Tarlow, (323) 442-7687, ltarlow@med.usc.edu. RSVP: Ozzy Obiwuru, (323) 442-0049, obiwuru@med.usc.edu

Friday, March 13

11 a.m. MMI Presents: The Delphine & James Fahringer Seminar Series Seminar. “Epigenetic Control of Gammaherpesvirus Latency,” Paul M. Lieberman, PhD, The Wistar Institute. Harlyne Norris Research Tower, LG 503/4. Info: Aileen Calimlim, (323) 442-1710, calimlim@usc.edu

11 a.m. Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases Grand Rounds. “Immunodeficiency Syndromes,” Joseph Church, MD, Children's Hospital Los Angeles. LAC+USC Medical Center, Inpatient Tower, Conference Room D. Info: Carolyn Castellanos, (323) 865-3913, carolyn.castellanos@med.usc.edu  

Monday, March 16

Noon. Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity Lecture. “Bring Your Lunch and Learn Seminar: Run-Hide-Fight Active Shooter Training,” Robert C Vance III, USC. USC Norris Cancer Hospital, first floor, Room 1315. Info: Bob Vance, (323) 442-9915, robert.vance@med.usc.edu  

Tuesday, March 17

5:30 p.m. Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. Billy Pan, MD, USC. HC4, Conference Room, 3rd Floor. Info: Tyaisha Christopher, (323) 409-5233, Tyaisha.Christopher@med.usc.edu 

Wednesday, March 18

Noon. Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Seminar. “3D Genome Organization and Gene Transcription Regulation in Human Diseases,” Yijun Ruan, PhD, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Info: Julie Carl, (323) 442-3219, jcarl@usc.edu  

Thursday, March 19

Noon. Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity Lecture. “Bring Your Lunch and Learn Seminar: Run-Hide-Fight Active Shooter Training,” Robert C. Vance III, USC. Soto II, conference room 2102. Info: Bob Vance, (323) 442-9915, robert.vance@med.usc.edu  

Monday, March 23

Noon. Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity Lecture. “Bring Your Lunch and Learn Seminar: Run-Hide-Fight Active Shooter Training,” Robert C Vance III, USC. USC Norris Cancer Hospital first floor Room 1315. Info: Bob Vance, (323) 442-9915, robert.vance@med.usc.edu 

Noon. KSOM Research Seminar Series Seminar. “Death and Survival Strategies of Glioma and Malignant Melanoma Cells: Therapeutic Implications,” Bernd Kaina, PhD, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Mary Jane Chua, maryjane.chua@med.usc.edu 

Tuesday, March 24

Noon. Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity Meeting. “HSC CERT Meeting,” Jeff Pendley, USC. Valley Warehouse. Info: Robert Vance III, (323) 442-9915, robert.vance@med.usc.edu

Wednesday, March 25

6:30 p.m. The USC International Center for Regulatory Science. “Regulatory Science Information Session,” Health Sciences Campus, CHP 140-J. Info: Toni Rodriguez, (323) 442-0237 tonirodr@usc.edu. RSVP: https://regulatory.usc.edu/resources/events/info-session-registration/ 

Media Mentions

A March 4 Los Angeles Times story quoted James Gauderman, PhD, professor of preventive medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC. “We can now … say that improving air quality leads to better health,” said Gauderman, who led the study with eight other researchers. “This is one of the first good news studies ever about air pollution.” The research was covered by numerous other media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Riverside Press-Enterprise, KABC TV, KNBC TV and KPCC FM.


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