Centers and Programs

Research at the Keck School of Medicine attains a level of critical mass within its research centers and programs. Built on faculty excellence, innovation and collaboration, Keck’s research centers and programs draw upon the expertise of physicians, scientists, and engineers from across the school and the university, as well as local, national, and international affiliates.

The centers are housed within the academic departments, research institutes with departmental status, or the office of research advancement. Some have a physical presence while others are virtual centers. All are designed to leverage the full-spectrum of collegial opportunities and resources available across the schools of USC. All offer a lively intellectual environment that fosters creative, innovative approaches to research.

Alzheimer Disease Research Center (Memory and Aging)

The center provides participants with access to leading-edge studies of new medications, clinical trials and treatments that advance our knowledge of memory problems associated with aging. Over the past 30 years, USC physicians and researchers have made major contributions to our knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular brain injury and memory problems.

Atherosclerosis Research Unit

This research unit is recognized nationally for its research on all aspects of atherosclerosis, a disease of the arteries that leads to heart attacks and strokes. The unit is based within the Department of Medicine.

Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the goal of this center is to develop the science and engineering of novel biomimetic microelectronic systems (BMES) based on fundamental principles of biology. The newly developed systems will allow bi-directional communication with tissue and by doing so enable implantable/portable microelectronic devices to treat presently incurable human diseases such as blindness, paralysis, and memory loss. This center is jointly supported by the Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering.

Cancer Surveillance Program

This center compiles information on all new cancer cases — more than 30,000 a year — reported in Los Angeles County. This extensive cancer registry has led to major discoveries in cancer research. This program is based within the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Center for Applied Molecular Medicine

This center comprises a multidisciplinary team of investigators dedicated to furthering the development and use of proteomic technologies to guide doctors in patient management decisions. The center is based within the Department of Medicine.

Center for Molecular Pathways and Drug Discovery

This unique center is focused on accelerating the pace of drug discovery and development of less toxic and more effective therapies for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. The center is part of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and is a joint center of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital and Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, and is jointly administered by the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital and the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC.

Childhood Obesity Research Center

The USC Childhood Obesity Research Center (CORC) is a collaborative effort between USC and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles that strives to maintain and further build our position as one of the nation’s leading research teams addressing childhood obesity. The center, under the direction of Dr. Michael I Goran, strives to understand childhood obesity and its related conditions, to examine its relationship to minority health, and to develop novel strategies for prevention and treatment.

Research Center for Liver Diseases

The key goal of the Research Center for Liver Diseases is the facilitation and fostering of interdisciplinary collaborative research, which leads to a better understanding of the pathobiology of diseases of the liver and digestive tract and the development of new treatments for these diseases.

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and Children’s Environmental Health Center

This center studies the effects of the environment on human health concentrating on air quality and the multiethnic populations of California and the Pacific Rim. The center is based within the Department of Preventive Medicine.

The Southern California Research Center for ALPD & Cirrhosis

This center is a collaborative effort of LA’s leading liver and pancreatic disease researchers to study how alcohol and other factors interact to leave these organs particularly vulnerable to disease. The center is based within the Department of Pathology. Funded in 1999 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis unifies 58 investigators from major academic institutions in Southern California to pursue a common mission of being a leader in research, training and outreach for the diseases.

Statistical Consultation & Research Center

The Statistical Consultation and Research Center (SCRC) is an organized research unit at USC that integrates statistical, epidemiological and computing resources and offers them to professionals conducting clinical, biomedical and translational research. The SCRC consists of a team of statisticians, epidemiologists, database developers, programmers, project coordinators and data managers that provides an optimal structure to assist both the public and private sectors in carrying out clinical and prevention trials, observational and retrospective studies, cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys and translational research. Members of the SCRC are co-investigators on a range of studies in atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, neuroscience, ophthalmology, stroke rehabilitation interventions, lifestyle redesign interventions and alternative medicine. This center is based within the Department of Preventive Medicine’s Division of Biostatistics.

USC Epigenome Center

Established as the first dedicated epigenome center in the United States, the USC Epigenome Center conducts genome-scale epigenetic and genetic data production and analysis, technology development, and cutting-edge epigenomic and population-based genomic research. The center occupies an entire floor of the Harlyne Norris Research Tower of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and encompasses a state-of-the-art genomics laboratory and expansive dedicated bioinformatics facilities.

USC Neurorestoration Center

The USC Neurorestoration Center is a multi-institution collaboration for breakthrough discoveries that, for the first time, bring together neural engineering, neuroscience and neurorehabilitation to restore neurological function in the human brain. Driven by patient needs and further refined within our world-class clinical programs, strategies created by the center aim to restore an injured or diseased nervous system by developing new technologies that harness advances in basic neuroscience and neural engineering.

To view a comprehensive list of all USC research centers and facilities, visit the University Research website.