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May 26, 2016

Request for Proposals: Hearst Fellowship Award

The second annual Hearst Fellows award is now open for application. The award of $65,000 that includes one year of salary and benefits will be made to an exceptional junior postdoctoral researcher within the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC. This investment and prestigious recognition for a total of three talented junior postdoctoral fellows, chosen successively over the course of three years, is designed to ensure that they have the resources to start their first postdoctoral fellowships within their initial two years at USC, as well as to acquire the preliminary data that will make them more competitive for nationwide postdoctoral fellowship programs.

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May 26, 2016

Diet that mimics fasting may also reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms

By Emily Gersema

Evidence is mounting that a diet mimicking the effects of fasting has health benefits beyond weight loss, with a new USC-led study indicating that it may reduce symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Scientists discovered that the diet triggers a death-and-life process for cells that appears critical for the body’s repair.

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May 25, 2016

Dose of transplanted blood-forming stem cells affects their behavior

By Cristy Lytal

Unlike aspirin, bone marrow doesn’t come with a neatly printed label with dosage instructions. However, a new study published in Cell Reports provides clues about how the dose of transplanted bone marrow might affect patients undergoing this risky procedure, frequently used to treat cancer and blood diseases.

In the study, USC Stem Cell researcher Casey Brewer and colleagues in the laboratory of Rong Lu found that transplantation dose affects the behavior of blood-forming stem cells in bone marrow — called hematopoietic stem cells, or HSCs.

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