News Releases

July 5th, 2017

Keck School of medicine of USC receives $6.9 million NIH grant to promote ambitious pulmonary medicine research

Seven-year grant will support research that could lead to new therapies for common lung diseases Contact: Meg Aldrich at (323) 442-3941 or The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) is one of four institutions in California to receive a multimillion dollar R35 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s […]

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June 29th, 2017

Stiff vessels, low blood flow in the brain forewarn of dementia

USC researchers plan to explore whether constricted vessels could be targeted by existing drugs that were approved for treating other health conditions. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 361-6730 or; or Michelle Boston, (213) 821-9311 or A combination of high blood pressure and decreased blood flow inside the brain may spur the build-up of harmful […]

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June 23rd, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: The new Senate health care bill

Experts at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics are available to discuss details of the newly released Senate Republicans’ health care bill and how it compares to the Affordable Care Act, as well as alternative proposals to improve health insurance in America. The following researchers have conducted extensive research on the pros […]

June 21st, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: A tiny house to help L.A.’s homeless

USC architecture students are building a tiny house in just four days at Dwell on Design, the annual Los Angeles exposition for modern design. These movable, flexible micro houses can be part of the solution to homelessness. The house will be raffled to benefit homeless women. *RSVP to Ron Mackovich at (213) 810-8583 or […]

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June 21st, 2017

Blurred lines between political news, reality TV, fake news

Cable news networks are the must-see TV of the Trump era. Primetime cable news audiences increased 55 percent in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center, and have stayed strong amid events such as the recent hearings held by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. USC experts explain how such political events and news become a […]

June 19th, 2017

Tiny fossils reveal backstory of the most mysterious amphibian alive

The two fossils from the Triassic Period are a cross between salamanders and wormlike ‘caecilians’ — their discovery fills a significant gap in the evolutionary history of frogs, toads and other amphibians Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or Researchers have determined that the fossils of an extinct species from the Triassic Period are the […]

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June 16th, 2017

Blocking gene expression to combat deadly fungal infection

Deadly fungal infections are becoming resistant to common treatments, but a team of researchers from USC and from France have found a potential innovative solution. Contact: Emily Gersema, (213) 740-0252 or Each year, invasive fungal infections sicken an estimated 2 million people worldwide and kill nearly 800,000 – but a team of international scientists […]

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June 14th, 2017

iPhone’s 10th birthday: Pros and cons of screen time addiction

Apple released its first iPhone on June 29, 2007 — forever changing how people interact with each other and the world. A decade later, smartphones are seemingly welded into hands, leaving people feeling vulnerable when they forget the device at home. USC researchers discuss the pros and cons of how smartphones have transformed our daily […]

June 13th, 2017

USC President C. L. Max Nikias named chair of Pac-12 CEO Group

Nikias officially begins term as chair July 1. Contact: Eddie North-Hager at (213) 740-9335 or USC President C. L. Max Nikias has been named as chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group, the conference’s governing body consisting of all 12 university presidents and chancellors. Nikias will officially begin his term as chair on July 1, 2017. […]

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June 13th, 2017

Researchers discover what may be earliest stage of Alzheimer’s disease

Clusters of a sticky protein — amyloid plaque — found in the brain signal mental decline years before symptoms appear, a new study finds Contact: Zen Vuong, (213) 300-1381 or Older adults with elevated levels of brain-clogging plaques — but otherwise normal cognition — experience faster mental decline suggestive of Alzheimer’s disease, according to […]

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