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April 25, 2017

$6.9 million NIH award will promote lung cell regeneration research

By Erica Rheinschild

Zea Borok, professor of medicine, chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and director of the Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will be tackling ambitious research on lung cell regeneration, thanks to a multimillion grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The seven-year, $6.9 million grant will support research that could translate into new treatments for common lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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April 21, 2017

From professional volleyball to stem cell biology, Leonardo Morsut is at the top of his game

By Cristy Lytal

For USC Stem Cell researcher Leonardo Morsut, the word “set” refers to a collection of scientific data. “Set” is also the prelude to spiking a volleyball over the net—something he used to do for a living as a professional athlete in Italy.

“In my mind, professional volleyball was always a side project,” said Morsut, who played for seven years for the professional teams in his hometown of Padova and in Trentino. “It was science that was the main thing.”

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April 18, 2017

Alerting stem cells to hurry up and heal

By Cristy Lytal

Accelerated healing isn’t just for superheroes. A new study in Cell Reports suggests a way that mere mortals can potentially speed their recovery from a wide variety of injuries.

“Our research shows that by priming the body before an injury, you can speed the process of tissue repair and recovery, similar to how a vaccine prepares the body to a fight infection,” said lead author Joseph T. Rodgers. He began the research during his postdoctoral studies at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and continued it in his current position as an assistant professor of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at USC.

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