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September 22, 2017

Verge Genomics announces a multi-institution collaboration with Columbia University, MGH, USC and the University of Michigan to advance ALS research

Verge Genomics, a drug discovery company utilizing genomic data for neuroscience therapeutics, announced today that it is has established a multi-institution industry-academic collaboration with four top universities focused on accelerating the translation of preclinical models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) through the creation of a comprehensive foundation of ALS data, encompassing genomic, biochemical, and phenotypic data. Collaborators include the Motor Neuron Center at Columbia University, Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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September 20, 2017

USC Stem Cell scientist Zhongwei Li is writing a recipe for a kidney

By Cristy Lytal

USC Stem Cell scientist Zhongwei Li could have gone into the family restaurant business. Instead, he’s dedicated his career to experimenting with a very different set of ingredients: kidney stem cells.

“The kidney is a very important organ, and it is also a very fragile organ,” he said. “More than 10 percent of people develop chronic kidney diseases, and 80 percent of people who need organ transplantations actually need kidneys.”

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September 18, 2017

Stem cell master’s students present artwork with scientific themes

Kella Vangsness and Aabha Morey—who are pursuing their master of science degrees in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine—participated in this year’s Bridge Art & Science Alliance’s pitch day, which gives USC students the opportunity to present projects merging art and science to obtain up to $5,000 in funding. Read more…

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