Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI)


About ZNI

The Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI) is one of the Centers of Excellence at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Established in 2003 with a gift from Selim Zilkha, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute is a world leader for basic neuroscience research, with a multi-disciplinary team of outstanding faculty whose collaboration concentrates on the causes, effects of and therapies for neurodegenerative disease and psychiatric disorders.

Students work with world leading researchers in various disciplines to conduct world-class bench science with some clinical applications and translational work to investigate and identify the underlying circuitry or mechanisms of the brain that are influenced or affected by neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, Down Syndrome and hearing and visual disorders. The research experience takes place in a vibrant and dynamic community with access to a variety of state-of-the-art labs and numerous resources.

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"Welcome to our world-class neuroscience program" Dr. Berislav Zlokovic Professor and Chair, Zilkha Leon J. Tiber and David S. Alpert Professor President of USC Care  Read Bio

“Welcome to our world-class neuroscience program”
Dr. Berislav Zlokovic
Director, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute

ZNI News

ZNI News

Protein known as PICALM

Researchers clarify role of genetic risk factor in Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have discovered that a protein known as PICALM regulates removal of toxic plaques from the brain, which could be a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. In a study that appears in the May 25 edition of the scientific journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers

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ZNI Events

ZNI Events

Roger Nicoll, MD

2015 Zach Hall Lecture with Dr. Roger Nicoll

The Lecture, one of ZNI’s signature events, offers students a day-long experience with scientific reports, seminars and poster sessions as well as opportunities to visit with established scientists such as neurology expert Dr. Roger Nicoll.

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Keck School Events

Keck School Events

6th Annual Pain Management Symposium: From Evidence to Clinical Practice

08/20/2015 – 08/21/2015
Westin Pasadena
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

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