The USC School of Pharmacy is home to—or a primary collaborator in—numerous major research centers dedicated to uncovering scientific breakthroughs and ensuring the delivery and cost-effectiveness of quality health care.
Center for USC-Taiwan Translational Research
Housed at the USC School of Pharmacy, the Center for USC-Taiwan Translational Research provides fellowships to allow promising graduate students and postdoctoral trainees from Taiwan and USC to work shoulder-to-shoulder on cutting-edge research projects. Translational research at the center will focus on the use of MAO inhibitors in the treatment of cancer with efforts led by University Professor Jean Chen Shih. The center is supported by the USC Daniel Tsai Fund for Translational Research. Read more
USC Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics
The mission of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics is to further our basic understanding of debilitating neurosensory disorders, ultimately leading to the development of novel diagnostic and treatment options. Working at the interface of engineering and medicine, it is broadly interdisciplinary, involving four USC schools (Keck School of Medicine of USC, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and USC School of Pharmacy), USC Roski Eye Institute and 14 distinct disciplines—including biomedical engineering, medicine, materials engineering, biology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, pharmacology, physiology, and electronics. Its vision is to transform bioengineered neural interfaces into treatments for patients for whom there is currently no foreseeable cure. Read more
D.K. Kim International Center for Regulatory Science
At the intersection of innovation and safety, the D.K. Kim 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. Read more
Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
A unique partnership between the USC School of Pharmacy and the USC Price School of Public Policy, 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 USC 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. Read more
Center for Quantitative Drug and Disease Modeling
The Center for Quantitative Drug and Disease Modeling at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy was founded in 2018, with the purpose of developing a collaborative, cutting-edge academic enterprise focused on state-of-the-art quantitative medicine. It is directed by Klaus Romero, a clinical pharmacologist and epidemiologist who has developed models to predict the efficacy and safety of medications used to treat polycystic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and tuberculosis. Read more
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.
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. Read more