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June 9, 2022

Four stories to read this weekend, chosen by our editors

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Keck School student helps to usher in Pride Month festivities at USC

Carla Ibarra, a student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, shared part of her life story during a virtual kickoff for USC's Pride Month festivities. Ibarra spoke about coming out as a transgender woman and the value of a strong support network. Personal speeches from Ibarra and others across the university reflected USC's 2022 Pride Month theme: "The Power of Community."

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Grant funding to examine link between vascular dysfunction and Alzheimer's

The National Institute on Aging has granted $16.1 million to Berislav Zlokovic, MD, PhD, and Arthur W. Toga, PhD, to further study the link between blood vessel dysfunction and the development of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's disease. Zlokovic was among the first researchers to propose that flaws in the blood-brain barrier could be the early, underlying cause.

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Setting future biomechanics careers into motion

Graduate student Stephanie Guzman wants young people from underserved communities to think about careers in biomechanics, which is the mechanics behind biological and muscular activity. It's why Guzman and nearly a dozen USC biokinesiology students recently marked National Biomechanics Day by holding a hands-on event for high schoolers that featured technology demonstrations, interactive games and guest speakers.

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Children's Hospital Los Angeles receives funding to study effects of opioids on infants

Hospital-administered opioids are necessary to help infants tolerate life-saving interventions or recover from surgery, but prolonged exposure can impact brain development. With the help of a $3 million grant, Lorraine Kelley-Quon, MD, an assistant professor of clinical surgery at the Keck School, is leading a study to learn more about these effects. The funding is notable because few prior studies have looked at doctor-directed opioid use in hospitalized infants.

Featured Event

The Keck School of Medicine

Time: Noon

Date: Tuesday, June 14

Seminar: "Nonpharmacological Pain Management Strategies," Lindsey Shomer, OTD, OTR/L, CEAS

Summary: An opportunity to learn important details about chronic pain and the role occupational therapy plays in its management

Location: Webinar

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