Keck School of Medicine News and Notes
For faculty and staff of the Keck School of Medicine of USC
March 5, 2014
Keck Medicine of USC moves to new downtown location
Celebrating the move to its new home at 830 S. Flower St., Keck Medicine of USC’s Downtown Los Angeles practice held a festive grand opening in February. The event highlighted the office’s convenient location, improved access and expanded services for patients living in and around downtown’s South Park neighborhood. In addition to newer facilities and more patient-care space, the new 8,000-square-foot location is tailored to downtown Los Angeles’ bustling population. It offers nine exam rooms, affordable parking options, extended hours and same-day appointments. The office continues to provide dermatology, gynecology and internal medicine services, as well as an Executive Health Program for professionals seeking customized, preventative care. New services include orthopaedic surgery, urology, imaging and mammography, and pharmacy services.
NIH awards $17 million to Keck School HIV/AIDS researcher
Grace Aldrovandi, MD, professor of pediatrics, pathology and molecular microbiology and immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been awarded $17 million by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. The grant is designed to provide scientific leadership and infrastructure for laboratory testing as part of the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network. “HIV infection is a global public health issue, with children, adolescents and women being particularly vulnerable,” said Aldrovandi, who is also principal investigator at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Our work on optimizing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection in these populations will benefit nations, communities and families throughout the world.”
Friday, March 7
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. USC Research Center for Liver Diseases Symposium. “USC Research Center for Liver Diseases 19th Annual Symposium,” various speakers. Hastings Auditorium. Info: Maggie Castillon, (323) 442-1800, firstname.lastname@example.org
11:45 a.m. Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center Seminar. “Health Statistics: Developments & Challenges,” George Christakos, San Diego State University. Soto Street Building, Room 116. Info: Kristin Dessie, (323) 442-1096, email@example.com
Saturday, March 8
8 a.m. – noon. Colorectal Cancer Continuing Medical Education Presentation. Various speakers. Glendale Memorial Hospital, John Stauffer Auditorium, 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91204. Info: (818) 244-8161
Monday, March 10
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Clinical Translational Science Institute Workshop. “Preparing for a Conference,” Emil Bogenmann. NRT LG503/4. Info: (323) 442-8281, firstname.lastname@example.org, sc-ctsi.org. RSVP: tinyurl.com/mrqv7et
Tuesday, March 11
2 p.m. Medical Oncology/Women's Cancers Talk. “Breast Cancer Educational Forum: Occupational Therapy - Lymphedema: Living Life to its Fullest,” Debu Tripathy, USC. USC Norris Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library. Info: Terry Church, (323) 865-3520, email@example.com
4 p.m. Medical Oncology Seminar. “Women's Cancer Research Seminar: Novel Insights into Ovarian Cancer Risk and Prevention,” Leigh Pearce, USC. Norris 7th Floor Conference Room (NTT-7409). Info: Terry Church, (323) 865-3962, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 12
Noon. – 2 p.m. Center for Excellence in Research Seminar. “Developing NIH Grant Applications,” Steve Moldin, USC. NML East Conference Room. Info: research.usc.edu/for-investigators/training
Noon. The Saban Research Institute Seminar. "Screening for Long QT Syndrome," Ruey-Kang Chang, UCLA. Saban Research Building, First Floor Auditorium, CHLA. Info: Laura Rabin, (323) 361-8715, email@example.com, tinyurl.com/kyam4x3
Noon. Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Seminar. “Synaptic and Circuitry Mechanisms of Psychiatric Disorders,” Guoping Feng, MIT. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Live webcast: tinyurl.com/lo6p83l. Info: Julie Carl, (323) 442-3219, firstname.lastname@example.org, keck.usc.edu/zni
Friday, March 14
Noon. Preventive Medicine Seminar. “Tobacco Regulatory Science — Lessons Learned,” Hana Ross, American Cancer Society. Soto Street Building. Info: Lilit Aladadyan, (323) 442-7223, email@example.com
Monday, March 17
Noon. KSOM Research Seminar Series Seminar. “Redesign of Care for Patients at High Risk of Hospitalization in a Reforming U.S. Healthcare System: Rationale for a CMMI Innovation Challenge Award,” David Meltzer, University of Chicago. Aresty Auditorium. Info: Mary Jane Chua, (323) 442-7732, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 17 – Friday, March 21
Keck School of Medicine of USC Office of Continuing Medical Education. “42nd Annual Diagnostic and Therapeutic Skills in Internal Medicine,” various speakers. Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. Info: www.usc.edu/cme
Wednesday, March 19
Noon. SOSMentor Luncheon. "March for Healthy Kids Luncheon," various speakers. Luminarias Restaurant, 3500 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park. Tickets and info: (818) 222-4243, sosmentor.bpt.me
Friday, March 21
8 a.m. Keck School of Medicine Match Day. Harry and Celesta Pappas Quad. Info: (323) 442-2553, email@example.com
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN –
Brain-Wide Map of “Neural Highways” Is First of Its Kind
A Feb. 20 story on the MIND Guest Blog featured a comprehensive "roadmap" of the brain's neural connections developed by John Darrell Van Horn, PhD, associate professor of neurology at the Keck School. "This map will give us more accurate insight into how severe the effects of a particular brain injury are likely to be," Van Horn said. "It’ll also give us more precise tools for predicting a patient’s ability to recover from a brain injury."
THE DOCTORS –
Side Effects Of Anesthesia
The Feb. 18 episode of "The Doctors" interviewed Natalie Strand, MD, assistant clinical professor of clinical anesthesiology at the Keck School, about the post-operative effects of anesthesia and a case in which a woman committed suicide after a facelift.
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