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July 9, 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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Health care professionals wear T-shirts and hold signs reading Keck PRIDE.

Keck Medicine celebrates a week of virtual pride

From June 22 through June 26, Keck Medicine of USC celebrated Keck PRIDE, a week devoted to recognizing the health system's diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) staff and its commitment to providing affirming care to LGBTQ+ patients.

A sparsely populated waiting area in a medical center.

Efforts on the ground: creating safe ambulatory spaces

The primary goal of the ambulatory services team at Keck Medicine is to make sure that staff, physicians and patients are safe. So when business resumed at various Keck Medicine locations, Laurie Johnson, Angela Price and their teams conducted thorough walkthroughs of the ambulatory locations and developed novel processes to ensure protection for everyone.

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Lerman chosen for national distinction, and USC Norris receives a generous gift

Caryn Lerman, PhD, director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been chosen as president-elect of the Association of American Cancer Institutes, the organization announced on June 29. In additional news, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center received a $5 million gift from the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Charitable Foundation for the purpose of creating and supporting a new center for cancer treatment research.

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New DNA sequencing technique may help unravel genetic diversity of cancer tumors

The ability to sequence the genome of a tumor has revolutionized cancer treatment over the last 15 years, but understanding the diversity of individual cells within a tumor has remained a challenge. Now, scientists from the Keck School of Medicine of USC have simultaneously sequenced the genomes of close to 1,500 single cells.

Featured Event

MESH Academy

Dates: Thursday, July 16

Time: 11 a.m.

Event: "Lymphocyte Subset Counts in COVID-19 Patients: A Meta-Analysis," Maurice O'Gorman, PhD, chief of Laboratory Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and professor of pathology at the Keck School

Location: Webinar

Info and registration (required): For information, email Emily Chu at emily.chu@med.usc.edu. Register here.

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