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April 15, 2014
Songtao Shi, DDS, PhD (Photo courtesy of the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC)
By Beth Newcomb
Stem cells in bone marrow need to produce hydrogen sulfide in order to properly multiply and form bone tissue, according to a new study in Cell Stem Cell from the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.
Professor Songtao Shi, DDS, PhD, principal investigator on the project, said the presence of hydrogen sulfide produced by the cells governs the flow of calcium ions. The essential ions activate a chain of cellular signals that results in osteogenesis, or the creation of new bone tissue, and keeps the breakdown of old bone tissue at a proper level.
April 4, 2014
Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD (Image courtesy of USC)
By Amy E. Hamaker
Colon cancer research at USC received a boost from the Southern California-based Dhont Family Foundation, as the foundation renewed its commitment of its $1 million gift to fund Heinz-Josef Lenz’s research in colorectal cancer at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Lenz, MD, who is a principal investigator with USC Stem Cell as well as the associate director for clinical research and co-leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, has conducted several breakthrough research studies.
March 27, 2014
C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., MD (Image courtesy of USC)
By Jon Nalick
A single stem-cell injection following arthroscopic meniscus knee surgery may provide pain relief and aid in meniscus regrowth, according to a new study by C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., MD, principal investigator with USC Stem Cell and professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The first-of-its-kind study appeared in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
March 13, 2014
Mouse kidney stem cells (Image by Lori O’Brien)
Article by Cristy Lytal
Video by Ryan Ball
USC is pleased to offer the first master’s program in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine in California.
“The program gives students a unique entrée into the rapidly expanding field of stem cell biology in the globally-recognized capital of stem cell science, California,” said Henry Sucov, PhD, director of the master’s program.
Offered by the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the one-year program with an invitational second research year will welcome its inaugural class in Fall 2014.
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