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

July 29, 2015


Safely access the Internet while at other universities
Through a service called eduroam, Keck Medicine of USC physicians, students, researchers and staff visiting other universities and research institutions now have the ability to log into secure, roaming wireless access on their computer and mobile devices. The service gives users from USC the ability to access the Internet safely and easily, without the inconvenience of searching for a guest network. Eduroam, which dubs itself as global WiFi for roaming academia, is available at more than a hundred university and research centers across the country, including dozens in Southern California, such as both USC campuses, Loyola Marymount University and UCLA. Read more

Engineering class builds microscope for USC stem cell research center
When Andy McMahon, PhD, head of USC Stem Cell, wanted a three-dimensional image of a kidney, he used to ship the organ to Australia. Now he can just send down the hall to the university’s new specialized microscope — built by five undergraduates from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering for ENGR 499 Microscope Design and Construction. Called an optical projection tomography (OPT) microscope, the instrument produces 3-D images of pea-sized biological samples, such as organs and embryos. This provides a valuable tool that enables McMahon and other biologists to study how organs develop and how they maintain and repair themselves. Read more

Renowned researcher joins CHLA’s pediatric BMT program
Michael Allen Pulsipher, MD, joins Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as the new head of the bone marrow transplant section at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. He also joins the Keck School of Medicine of USC as a professor of pediatric medicine and a member of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. In directing the pediatric BMT program’s clinical care and clinical research activities, Pulsipher will closely collaborate in the further development of a leading research program that integrates laboratory and clinical science toward the delivery of innovative cell-based therapies. Read more


Thursday, July 30

5:30 p.m. USC Stem Cell. “HIV Matters,” Paula Cannon, USC; David Hardy, Calimmune; John Zaia, City of Hope; Dale Ando, Sangamo Biosciences. Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Info: Cristy Lytal, (323) 442-2172,,

Tuesday, August 4

7:45 a.m. Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic of USC and the Department of Neurology Grand Rounds. “2015 Roxanna Todd Hodges Lecture in Stroke Prevention and Education: Atrial Cardiopathy and Cryptogenic Stroke,” Hooman Kamel, MD, Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College. Breakfast reception with lecture to follow. Herklotz Seminar Room, ZNI 112. Info: Leslie Tarlow, (323) 442-7687,

Saturday, August 8

7:30 a.m. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and USC Office of Continuing Medical Education.“2015 USC Orthopaedic Surgery Football Injury Symposium,” Aresty Auditorium. Info: Teresa Ball,  (323) 442-2555,, website

Media Mentions

A July/August publication on Spine Surgery Today (Healio) about the increase in popularity of same-day spinal surgeries at ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), quoted Sanjit Mahanti, chief of business development and performance improvement officer at Keck Medicine of USC. “As medicine and technology changes, as cost pressure becomes a bigger part of why we have to make decisions, doing the right case in the right place to deliver the best patient care and provide the best value to the patient, is going to be what gets rewarded in the future,” Mahanti said.

A July 27 story on Forbes about the popularity of vaping among teens focused on a study on e-cigarettes led by Keck School of Medicine postdoctoral researcher Jessica L. Barrington-Trimis, PhD. “While it is possible that some adolescents are using e-cigarettes instead of cigarettes, our data suggest that e-cigarettes may be recruiting new tobacco product users who might not have used cigarettes,” said Barrington-Trimis. The story was also covered by the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Hedge.

A July 27 story on Oncology Nurse Advisor focused on research led by USC research associate Ramakrishnan Gopalakrishnan, PhD, identifying potential treatment for a rare form of lymphoma that was previously incurable. The story also quoted Preet Chaudhary, MD, PhD, chief of the Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases at the Keck School of Medicine. "We have this disease for which there is no cure available, and these cancer cells are being selectively killed by this drug. So then we decided to pursue it further,” Chaudhary said.

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