Research News
 
 
August 31, 2022
 
 
RESEARCH EVENTS & SEMINARS

SC CTSI Pilot Funding Program
Keeping up with COVID-19: USC's cutting-edge research on the virus and vaccine
Dean's Pilot Funding Program
Epstein Breakthrough Alzheimer's Research Fund
D-Challenge 2022, September 1
USC STEM CELL DISTINGUISHED SEMINAR SPEAKER- Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Ph.D., September 6
Social and Environmental Determinants of Health (SEDoH) in Clinical Informatics, September 7
The Neuroeconomics of Dietary Self-Control, September 13
BioRender Webinar Series, September 13
BioRender 101: Professional Science Figures in Minutes, September 13
Cancer Center Grand Rounds, September 13
Cancer Center Grand Rounds, September 20
HSC Research Core Fair, September 22
Emerging Technologies in the Medical Device Industry, September 23
The Neuropsychopharmacology of Psychedelic Drugs, September 28
Cancer Center Grand Rounds, October 4
Cancer Center Grand Rounds, October 18
Cancer Center Grand Rounds, November 1
Cancer Center Grand Rounds, November 15


 
 
SC CTSI Pilot Funding Program

This year, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) will concurrently offer two types of pilot grants: (a) Standard Pilot Grants of up to $50,000 each and (b) Multidisciplinary Pilot Grants of up to $125,000 each, both focused on clinical and community-engaged research.

Register to attend an informational session on this funding mechanism on September 8th from 12-1 PM.

Info Session Flyer  Standard Pilot RFA  Multidisciplinary Pilot RFA
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Keeping up with COVID-19: USC's cutting-edge research on the virus and vaccine

Thanks to a generous gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the Keck School of Medicine has invested over $5 million in cutting edge COVID-19 research.

By attending this seminar series, participants will get to see a brief overview of these timely research projects! The next session is Thursday, September 29th.

Speakers:
- Lucio Comai - Supporting COVID-19 research in the BSL3 facility

   
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Dean's Pilot Funding Program

The Office of the Dean will once again collaborate with KSOM departments and institutes to provide faculty members with funding for initial exploration of new research areas. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate innovation as well as likelihood of follow-on funding in a particular field. The primary target audiences include junior investigators starting a research program and established investigators moving to a new area of research that is clearly distinct from their prior research.

Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022. Please see RFA for additional details.

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Epstein Breakthrough Alzheimer's Research Fund

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is seeking proposals for innovative and interdisciplinary research in Alzheimer's disease (AD) under a new research program supported by a generous gift from USC Trustee, Daniel J. Epstein. Funds will be awarded to promote and support research to advance the development of new therapies and/or preventive measures for AD across the spectrum from pre-symptomatic to symptomatic disease. Funding preference will be given to those projects that have the strongest potential to advance therapeutics in the next five years.

See RFP for additional details.

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EVENT DETAILS

Thursday, September 1
D-Challenge 2022
Interdisciplinary investigators apply their skills and passion to the problem of type 1 diabetes: its biology, treatment and sequelae. Using a rich interconnected ecosystem of data tools and resources, create novel hypotheses, and win a share of $50k in awards.

6:00 AM-11:00 PM

Online

We are asking cross-functional teams to generate novel hypotheses using rich, curated data sets. The D-Challenge is a focused scientific movement that begins with the end in mind. We are leveraging our connections with Type 1 Diabetes researchers and inviting ALL of them to compete to catalyze innovation and accelerate research towards a practical cure for Type 1 Diabetes. In doing so, we aim to add a solid appreciation of the biology that drives this relentless disease to the current literature and knowledge base. Type 1 Diabetes is a multifactorial disease that is studied by many scientific disciplines. the(sugars)cience, is partnering with dkNET (the NIDDK Information Network) to bring the full power of on-line digital resources to the challenge of Type 1 Diabetes. In addition to claiming a share of $50,000 in cash prizes, winners will have an opportunity to present their hypothesis and interact with an audience including: Academic and institutional luminaries in the fields of Bioinformatics and Type 1 Diabetes research Industry leaders in biotechnology Professionals and advisors involved in venture funding **New for 2022, we are adding a separate NOVICE Track focused on introducing your team to online in-silico resources to further your exploration of T1D hypotheses. dkNET is an information and search portal that helps researchers find research resources relevant to their research and keep up to date on new tools, services, and mandates to support robust and reproducible science. Through our resource catalog, Discovery Portal, and our newly redesigned Hypothesis Center, newsletter and webinar series, we connect researchers to resources in digestive, diabetes, and kidney diseases.

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Tuesday, September 6
USC STEM CELL DISTINGUISHED SEMINAR SPEAKER- Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Ph.D.
USC STEM CELL DISTINGUISHED SEMINAR SPEAKER

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

BCC 101

USC STEM CELL DISTINGUISHED SEMINAR SPEAKER

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Wednesday, September 7
Social and Environmental Determinants of Health (SEDoH) in Clinical Informatics
Digital Scholar Webinar

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Online via Zoom

This 60-minute session informs attendees how social and environmental factors act as determinants of patients' health.

Registration  Full Details
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Tuesday, September 13
The Neuroeconomics of Dietary Self-Control
September 2022 Shared DORI Webinar & Endocrinology Grand Rounds

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Zoom

Neuroeconomics studies what are the computations made by the brain in different decision situations, and how are these computations implemented and constraints by the underlying neurobiology. This talk describes fMRI, EEG and eye-tracking experiments designed to understand what are the neurocomputational differences between dietary choices and other types of decisions, and between those who exercise dietary self-control and those who do not.

Registration  Full Details
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Tuesday, September 13
BioRender Webinar Series
Save the Date

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Virtual

Keck School of Medicine is hosting a series of BioRender Webinars. These seminars are designed specifically for faculty, staff and students at KSOM. Registration links will be sent out as the webinar date approaches. See flyer for full schedule.

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Tuesday, September 13
BioRender 101: Professional Science Figures in Minutes
12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Virtual

This is a special introductory webinar for Keck School of Medicine of USC on using BioRender to design better science figures.
In this one-hour webinar, learn actionable tips and techniques for designing science figures for your posters, presentations, publications and more! Including experimental methods and biological pathways, with an introduction to the BioRender software.
This webinar will be led by Sydney Burniston, BioRender's Scientific Communication and Customer Success Manager.


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Tuesday, September 13
Cancer Center Grand Rounds
TBA

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Tuesday, September 20
Cancer Center Grand Rounds
TBA

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Thursday, September 22
HSC Research Core Fair
11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Broad Lawn (BCC)

Save the date for the HSC Research Core Fair on September 22nd!

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Friday, September 23
Emerging Technologies in the Medical Device Industry
Regulatory Science Symposium

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Zoom

Join us for a full day covering the latest developments regarding medical device innovation, regulations, and policies. Experts will discuss digital intricacies involved in medical product development, artificial intelligence, framework of the digital world, and cybersecurity.

Registration  Full Details
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Wednesday, September 28
The Neuropsychopharmacology of Psychedelic Drugs
IAS Distinguished Speaker Series

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

SSB 116

Join Dr. Frederick Barrett, from Johns Hopkins University for our September 2022 IAS Speaker Series event!

Registration  Full Details
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Tuesday, October 4
Cancer Center Grand Rounds
Richard Gregory, PhD

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Professor of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology and Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School

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Tuesday, October 18
Cancer Center Grand Rounds
TBA

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Tuesday, November 1
Cancer Center Grand Rounds
TBA

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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Tuesday, November 15
Cancer Center Grand Rounds
TBA

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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