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June 18, 2020

Check for continuing updates on the COVID-19 situation through USC's online hub for information, the internal website for faculty and staff (sign-in required) and the Keck Medicine of USC page for patients and visitors.

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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A surgical coordinator consults with a nurse.

Surgical coordinators guide patients through the 'new normal'

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, surgical coordinators would typically help patients understand how to navigate the processes leading up to their procedure. Now that business is resuming at Keck Medicine of USC, the support these coordinators provide has extended to assuring patients of their safety, as well as making them fully aware of the health system's new infection prevention protocols.

An illustration depicts T-cells attacking a cancer cell.

Researchers generate comprehensive developmental map of human T-cells

Understanding human T-cell development is crucial for treating diseases arising from abnormalities such as leukemia and immunodeficiencies. It is also critical for developing highly effective immunotherapies like CAR-T. Now Chintan Parekh, MD, has led a team of researchers in mapping how T-cells develop.

An older couple walks outdoors.

Smartphone app in development aims to improve fitness among older adults

Most ads for fitness apps and wearables target younger demographics. The specific issues that older populations may have with physical activity often end up getting ignored, so Stacey Schepens Niemiec, PhD, and her colleagues are developing an app tailored specifically for older people to help get them moving.

A bespectacled doctor with short hair smiles.

Ya-Wen Chen grows miniature lungs with maximum potential

As the COVID-19 pandemic set in, Ya-Wen Chen, PhD, realized that her laboratory possessed a key resource to help in the response: mini human lungs grown from stem cells. These lab-grown lung structures, known as organoids, provide a safe way for scientists to test potential anti-viral treatments that could be effective against COVID-19.

Featured Event

MESH Academy

Date: Friday, June 19

Time: 11 a.m.

Event: "Testing, testing, testing: importance of accurate assays to diagnose SARS-CO-V-2 and study pathogenesis"

Location: Webinar

Info and registration (required): Contact Emily Chu Salvador at emily.chu@med.usc.edu or visit the registration site.

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