Research News
June 29, 2015
Faculty Training Opportunity in Tobacco Regulatory Science

The Department of Preventive Medicine of the Keck School of Medicine of USC is accepting applications and/or nominations for a faculty training opportunity in the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS). Tobacco regulatory science is an emerging field of applied research that has the overall goal of developing research evidence that will support the Food and Drug Administration in implementing the evidence-based policies and regulations called for by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This training opportunity is for established researchers who are interested in expanding their research portfolio to include this area. For additional background, see and

Applicants should have a strong interest in entering the field of tobacco regulatory science and tobacco control research in vulnerable populations. The successful candidate will have a record of published research and funding, and the potential to carry out his/her own research and obtain external grant funding in tobacco regulatory science. The position is a one-year training appointment that will begin in September 2014. The faculty trainee will be supported at 40% (of the NIH salary cap as a maximum) during the year in the program in order to help transition into tobacco regulatory science and tobacco control research in vulnerable populations.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2015
Please see flyer below for additional information.

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Introduction to Clinical & Translational Research Study Design

- To provide a foundation in key components of design of clinical and translational research.
- To facilitate the development of students' research protocols in preparation for foundation grant applications.
- To improve critical evaluation of medical research to guide quality improvement and patient safety efforts.

This 8-week course will meet Thursdays, 8am - 11am,
from Sep 10, 2015 - Oct 29, 2015 at HSC and CHLA campuses.

See flyer for additional details.

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INTD 500: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is pleased to again offer INTD 500: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This one-week course satisfies NIH RCR training requirements and is open to all staff, postdoctoral fellows, masters and graduate students conducting research. All PIBBS graduate students must complete and pass INTD 500 prior to advancing to candidacy. Postdoctoral fellows and masters students auditing the course will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

The course will be offered on 5 consecutive days, Monday through Friday, from 9-11 AM during the week of:

June 15-19, 2015 (Session # 40680)
August 3-7, 2015 (Session # 40690)

Both sessions will be held in McKibben Hall 256 (MCH 256).

Lecture and discussion topics include: scientific integrity, misconduct and fraud in science, data acquisition and management, collaborative research, responsible authorship, conflicts of interest, innovation advancement and patents, animal welfare, human subjects, mentor/mentee responsibilities and professionalism in scientific relationships.

Dr. Donna Spruijt-Metz, Director, USC mHealth Collaboratory at the Center for Economic and Social Research, Research Professor in Psychology, and Director of Responsible Conduct in Research for the Keck School of Medicine, is the course director. Faculty from the Departments of Preventive Medicine, Cell and Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Physiology and other departments will serve as Discussion leaders.

This course does not require D-clearance to register. To sign-up to audit the course, send an email to Mary Jane Chua at (postdoc and MS students only). Any questions about the content of the course can be directed to Dr. Spruijt-Metz at

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Monday, June 29
Beyond "There's an App for That"
KSOM Research Seminar Series

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Aresty Auditorium, NRT LG

Ida Sim, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Flyer  Full Details
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Friday, July 03
No Seminar
Biophysics Seminar Series

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

No Location

There will be no seminar for July.

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Tuesday, August 04

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Aresty Auditorium

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Friday, August 07
Electron Transport at Biotic-Abiotic Interfaces
Biophysics Seminar Series

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

UPC Location: ACB 238 / Remote viewing at HSC: Herklotz Seminar Room (ZNI 112)

Dr. Moh-Elnaggar
Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Friday, September 04
Predicting and Controlling the Activity of Microbial Ecosystems
Biophysics Seminar Series

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Herklotz Seminar Room (ZNI 112)

Dr. James Boedicker
Department of Physics and Astronomy

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