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

September 2, 2015


USC Center for Body Computing partners with innovation lab on wearable tech research
The USC Center for Body Computing (CBC), part of Keck Medicine of USC, is collaborating with a technology developer to further the digital health and wearable tech revolution. The center will be working with the SHOP, an innovation lab from VSP Global, to pursue research on mobile health, wearable technology and the growing intersection of personalized, empowered health care. “It’s exciting to work with VSP on an unexplored avenue of wearable health technology,” said USC CBC Founder and Executive Director Leslie Saxon, MD. “Together we’re going beyond the limitations of today’s health and wellness monitoring and giving power to consumers to become the heroes of their own health stories. As the leader in vision services, VSP supports millions of members, and we’re thrilled to have them as a USC CBC member, where we can collaborate closely on the development of this groundbreaking product.” Read more

Department of Family Medicine awarded $2.5 million grant for team-based approach to elderly care
The Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Family Medicine has been awarded a $2.5 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to create a primary care workforce with interdisciplinary competency in treating health issues faced by elderly patients, helping solve a longtime challenge faced by primary care doctors. Principal Investigator Laura Mosqueda, MD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, is an expert in geriatric medicine and has been charged with developing and implementing the program, known as the USC-Los Angeles County Training a Workforce in Interprofessional Geriatrics (USC-LAC TWIG). The three-year grant will fund the team’s effort to develop comprehensive primary care-based assessment tools for the elderly, as well as training programs that emphasize interprofessional and team-based medical care. Along with the development of a new geriatric primary care assessment clinic at the USC Health Sciences Campus, the program looks to the future by training and educating the next generation of medical students so they are better equipped to care for the elderly. Read more

New undergraduate course follows human development from stem cells to sternum
What don’t we know about human development and how it can go wrong? By focusing on these questions, a new two-unit fall course is allowing USC undergraduates to go beyond standard developmental biology coursework. In MEDS 335 — Human Development: From Stem to Sternum — students will learn about the development and function of human organs at the physiological and cellular levels. Offered through the minor in health care studies, MEDS 335 is designed as a survey course to introduce students to the breadth of human development. It is open to students from all disciplines who have taken a general biology course. Read more


Thursday, September 3

3 p.m. USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute Seminar. “Methods for Brain Segmentation and Connectivity Analysis in MRI,” Gautam Prasad, PhD, USC. Hastings Auditorium. Info: Henrietta Movsessian, (323) 442-7246,,

Friday, September 4

11:00 a.m. Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases Grand Rounds. “ALL and Cytogenetics,” Farzad Nooraie, MD, Genoptix Medical Laboratories. LAC+USC Medical Center Conference Room D. Info: Carolyn Castellanos, (323) 865-3913,

Tuesday, September 8

11:00 a.m. USC Stem Cell Seminar. Sean Morrison, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Eli and Edythe Broad CIRM Center Auditorium. Info: Cristy Lytal, (323) 442-2172,,

5:30 p.m.Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. Walid F. Abdallah, MD, USC. HC4 Conference Room, 3rd Floor. Info: Tyaisha Christopher, (323) 409-5233,

Wednesday, September 9

Noon USC Institute for Global Health and GlobeMed at USC Lecture Series. “Cultivating an Idea in Global Health: the Links between Health, Service and Diplomacy,” Vanessa Kerry, MD, co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health. Tommy's Place (TCC Basement 4), Tutor Campus Center, USC University Park Campus. Info: Nivvy Hundal, (323) 865-0419,

Noon Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Seminar. “The Transthyretin Amyloidoses: From Delineating the Molecular Mechanism of Aggregation Linked to Pathology to a Regulatory Agency Approved Drug,” Jeffrey Kelly, PhD, Scripps Research Institute. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Info: Julie Carll, (323) 442-3219,

Thursday, September 17

7 a.m. Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, with the USC Office of Continuing Medical Education. “19th annual Max R. Gaspar Symposium: Contemporary Management of Challenging Vascular Conditions,” Fred A. Weaver, MD. Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Info: Teresa Ball,  (323) 442-2555,

Media Mentions

An Aug. 27 article in The Hollywood Reporter included nearly 80 Keck Medicine of USC faculty physicians in the magazine’s “Hollywood’s Top Doctors 2015.”

An Aug. 27 story in People magazine quoted Frank Ing, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, about the surgery he and his cardiology team performed on a 10-year-old boy. "We had a great result; Max has a new heart valve, and we hope it will last a long time. His pulmonary valve function has been restored and we avoided open-heart surgery,” Ing said. He was also quoted on KNBC TV, 99.7 WTN, New Medical and Broadway World.

A story on diagnosing type 1 diabetes in adults in the September issue of Diabetes Forecast magazine included a quote from Anne Peters, MD, professor of medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC. Peters noted the importance of patients seeing a specialist. “I truly believe that all type 1s should have an endocrinologist so they can get the most updated care,” Peters said.

Keck School of Medicine News and Notes is produced weekly by the USC Health Sciences Public Relations and Marketing office. To contribute calendar items, click here. To submit ideas for consideration or for more information, visit