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

May 27, 2015


Keck School faculty member selected for distinguished faculty service award
Charles J. Gomer, PhD, was selected as recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Presented by USC’s Academic Senate, this honor recognizes Gomer for his exceptional service to the faculty and to the university as a whole. Gomer is vice chair for faculty development at CHLA and professor of pediatrics and radiation oncology. Read more

Welcoming new chief of the division of multiple sclerosis and vice chair of research for Department of Neurology
Internationally renowned multiple sclerosis (MS) expert, Daniel Pelletier, MD, has joined Keck Medicine of USC from Yale University. Pelletier is a professor of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine, chief of the Division of Multiple Sclerosis and vice chair of research for the Department of Neurology. Under Pelletier's leadership, the USC Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center is becoming one of the most esteemed in the West. Read more


Monday, June 1

Noon. KSOM Research Seminar Series Seminar. “Deep Into the Human Immune Response in Infections and Vaccination,” Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, PhD, Case Western Reserve University. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Mary Jane Chua, (323) 442-7732,

Tuesday, June 2

5:30 p.m. Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. Ben Xu, MD, PhD, USC. HC4 Conference Room, 3rd Floor. Info: Tyaisha Christopher, (323) 409-5233, tyaisha.christopher@med.usc.ed

Friday, June 5

2 - 6 p.m. USC Department of Dermatology. “Day of Beauty,” with free consultations and discounted pricing on procedure. Healthcare Center 4, Suite 2000. Info: Karen Escobar, (323) 442-0084,

Monday, June 8

1 p.m. USC Institute for Global Health Talk. “Uganda Health Systems: Success Stories and Challenges from Mpigi Health Center IV,” John Jubilee, MD, Mpigi Health Center IV, Uganda. SSB 117. Info: Larissa Puro, (323) 442-7233,

Media Mentions

CBS News quoted Charles Liu, MD, PhD, professor of neurological surgery and neurology, Keck School of Medicine of USC, and director, USC Neurorestoration Center, Keck Medicine of USC in a story about a paralyzed man who can move a robotic arm with his mind as part of a Caltech research project. Liu performed brain surgery on the man, implanting electrodes in the brain region where intent to make a movement is formed. "Since it had never been done before, there was a bit of a leap of faith in terms of just seeing if these were in fact the right areas," said Liu. The research was also covered by the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more than 300 media outlets.

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