The USC School of Pharmacy is home to—or a primary collaborator in—four major research centers dedicated to uncovering scientific breakthroughs and ensuring the delivery and cost-effectiveness of quality health care.
Center for Drug Discovery and Development
Housed at the School of Pharmacy, the USC Center for Drug Discovery and Development assembles a diverse group of scientists from throughout the university with expertise in all aspects of the design and synthesis of potential pharmacological breakthroughs. The Center benefits from a team of pharmacologists, toxicologists, and pharmaceutical and regulatory scientists skilled at expediting evaluation of a wide range of therapeutics to bring new innovations more quickly to patients who need them, while assuring safety and effectiveness.
International Center for Regulatory Science
At the intersection of innovation and safety, the International Center for Regulatory Science at the USC School of Pharmacy fosters the benchmarking of best practices and shortening the critical path for pharmaceutical advances and groundbreaking new medical devices. The Center combines experts in the diverse scientific, public policy, legal and social issues involved in regulatory practice today to help make health care products faster, safer and better. Research at the Center emphasizes the potential efficiencies that facilitate the arrival of products to market in a cost-effective way while still ensuring safety.
Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
A unique partnership between the USC School of Pharmacy and the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD), the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics promotes transformation of the health care system using evidence-based research to challenge assumptions, advance policy and reshape health care. The Center builds upon the School of Pharmacy’s early leadership in pharmacoeconomics with an interdisciplinary team of collaborators across numerous disciplines and institutions. The Center also is educating a new generation of health care leaders to promote better-informed, data-driven policy solutions in both the public and private sectors.
Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute
The USC School of Pharmacy is a key partner and three USC Pharmacy faculty play leading roles in the National Institutes of Health-funded Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which serves to translate scientific discoveries into new advances in clinical and community health. Launched with a prestigious $56.8 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH, the Center aims to speed research from laboratories to sustainable public health solutions with a particular focus on improving the health of diverse populations in urban settings such as Los Angeles.
Dr. MacKay’s laboratory is engineering a new generation of bioresponsive nanocarriers designed to more effectively target and destroy cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue and reducing side effects of chemotherapy.
The outcomes research team—including the health economics and policy group, the clinical pharmacy group and the regulatory science group—emphasizes innovations in treatment models and the development of better policies to make sure that care is more accessible and affordable.
Does caloric restriction extend life span?
Some very healthy people, who also happen to be thin, believe that eating fewer calories may be a kind of fountain of youth – an anti-aging strategy. Professor Raj Sohal takes a look at this phenomenon.
An expert in chemical genetics – the science of altering gene function using (transient) small molecules instead of (permanent) genetic engineering – Dr. Olenyuk is seeking new therapeutic treatments for cancer, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and more.
USC has the 5th fastest super computer cluster in the U.S., and Nouri Neamati is using it to advance his cancer and HIV/AIDS research.
The molecular targets team focuses on the underlying biological mechanisms essential to the development of increasingly targeted and effective treatments for some of the most pervasive and challenging diseases and disorders.