9th Semiannual

*University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NSF 2010 Ranking: 33rd (total R&D expenditures in life sciences) =$352,775,000 [1]

NIH 2011 Ranking: 25th (Direct plus indirect costs but excluding R & D contracts and ARRA awards) = $199,021,024 [2]

The University of Southern California had more than $560 million in sponsored research for 2010 (last report available). [3]

The University of Southern California is one of the largest NIH Clinical and Translational Science Institutes with numerous medical device development programs through the Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems Center (BMES) and the Alfred Mann Institute at USC and it enjoys strong support for clinical trials through the Health Research Association. [4]

The University of Southern California received a $56.8 million NIH award supporting Clinical and Translational Science. The research will focus on health in densely populated areas. [5]

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center a five-year, $32.5 million core grant renewal to support its broad range of clinical, research and educational programs. [6]

University of Southern California has been granted $25 million from the National Science foundation to establish a new biological and earth sciences center to investigate the Dark Energy Biosphere. [7]

The University of Southern California is expanding their cancer care facility after a $15 million donation supporting the construction of an new outpatient building on the Health Sciences campus. The facility offers leading-edge technology and consists of multi-disciplinary clinics focused on cancer care, including areas for radiation therapy, imaging and infusion therapy. [8]

The University of Southern California received an anonymous gift of $13.3 million that will fund the forthcoming the Urology Robotics Center of Excellence and a program for prostate cancer targeting. [9]

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Southern California received $6 million in NIH funding to further research into high ultrasonic transducer technology. [10]

A USC researcher is to receive $5.7 million from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to help move promising stem cell-based therapies from the laboratory research phase to actual clinical trials. [11]

A team of investigators at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, led by Theodore Berger, David Packard Professor of Engineering, professor of biomedical engineering, and director of the Center for Neural Engineering, was awarded an Option II of $2,388,408 for 2012-2013 research on a program called REMIND. The program aims to develop a neural prosthesis, in software and in hardware, that can substitute for a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is responsible for forming new long-term memories. [12]

USC Stem cell researchers received $1.75 million to engineer transplantable liver cells from discarded human placenta, which could be a cure for certain congenital metabolic disorders. [13]

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Keck School of Medicine of USC, USC Stevens Institute for Innovation and the Los Angeles Basin Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) have been selected to participate in the exclusive Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program.

For its operations, the program will have $1 million each year for a period of five years, with $667,000 a year from the Coulter Foundation augmented by $333,000 of contributions from USC Viterbi, the CTSI and the USC Stevens Institute. The Coulter Foundation will form a working partnership with USC to promote translational research. [14]

A fundraiser at Universal Studios raised $1 million in support of urologic cancer and robotics research for the USC Institute of Urology. [15]

USC Institute of Urology Receives $13.3 Million Gift Attended by more than 130 USC physicians, top administrators and staff, the event was highlighted by USC president C.L. Max Nikias' announcement of an anonymous gift of $13.3 million that will fund the USC Urology Robotics Center of Excellence and the Program for Prostate Cancer Targeting. [16]

The University of Southern California received a $1 million grant for the development of pacemakers for unborn babies. [17]

The University of Southern California is to receive part of a $35 million award to engage in high-risk research which focuses on how complex marine microbial systems interact and change over time. [18]


[1] The National Science Foundation, 2012, TABLE 23. R&D expenditures in the life sciences at universities and colleges, ranked by all FY 2010 life sciences: FY 2007–10 and by subfield for FY 2010: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf12330/pdf/tab23.pdf

[2] Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, Ranking Table of NIH Funding (by Institution) to US Medical Schools in 2011, http://www.brimr.org/NIH_Awards/2011/NIH_Awards_2011.htm
[3] From the University of Southern California - Facts and Figures: http://about.usc.edu/facts/
[4] From the University of Southern California - http://research.usc.edu/for-sponsors/
[5] From EurekAlert, July 15, 2010, http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-07/uosc-uw071510.php
[6] From USC News, August 30, 2011, http://uscnews.usc.edu/family_matters/newsmakers_83.html
[7] From USC News, February 2010, http://college.usc.edu/news/stories/692/usc-awarded-25-million-nsf-grant-for-new-center-to-study-the-dee/
From UC Norris Cancer Hospital, January 10, 2012, http://www.uscnorriscancerhospital.org/uscnorris/about/press-room/item/view/443693

[9] From USC News, February 14, 2012, http://uscnews.usc.edu/health/usc_institute_of_urology_receives_133_million_gift.html
[10] From USC News, September 4, 2012: http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2012/kirk-shung-and.htm
[11] From: Medicine of USC, July 31, 2012: http://keck.usc.edu/en/About/Administrative_Offices/Office_of_Public_Relations_and_Marketing/News/Detail/2012__pr_and_marketing__summer__california_institute_for_regenerative_medicine_awards_usc_researcher
[12] USC Viterbi School of Engineering, October 16, 2012 : http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2012/another-grant-for.htm
[13] From University of Southern California News, 31 May 2012: http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/35465/usc-stem-cell-research-lands-1-75-million-grant/
[14] From USC News, April 28, 2011, http://uscnews.usc.edu/university/usc_invests_in_biomedical_engineering_innovations.html
[15] From: University of Southern California - the Weekly, November 9, 2012: http://theweekly.usc.edu/detail.php?recordnum=18178
[16] From Keck School of Medicine of USC, February 14, 2012, http://keck.usc.edu/About/Support_Keck/News/Detail/2012__spring__usc_institute_of_urology_receives_gift

[17] From: Keck School of Medicine of USC, October 19, 2012, http://keck.usc.edu/en/About/Administrative_Offices/Office_of_Public_Relations_and_Marketing/News/Detail/2012__pr_and_marketing__fall__fetal_pacemaker_101912

[18] From USC Dornsife, December 5, 2012, http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/1300/marine-biologist-takes-risks/

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