Featured Research Centers
USC’s research centers and institutes pursue interdisciplinary research in environmental science, information technology, health promotion and biological sciences, to name a few topics. Here are some of our featured centers and institutes.
AMI-USC was founded in 1998 with the mission of accelerating the commercialization of biomedical technology invented at USC. For development of its biomedical technology, AMI-USC partners with researchers throughout the university.
Provides the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services available for Alzheimer Disease, other types of dementia and diseases related to aging. ADRC reaches out to the multi-ethnic communities in the greater LA area.
The USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (USC ATRI) is dedicated to the development of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease through innovative, collaborative, multicenter clinical trials.
The Brain and Creativity Institute works to gather new knowledge about the human emotions, decision-making, memory, and communication, from a neurological perspective, and apply this knowledge to the solution of problems in the biomedical and sociocultural arenas.
C-DEBI is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Science and Technology Center on the deep biosphere. Its mission is to explore life beneath the seafloor and make transformative discoveries that advance science, benefit society, and inspire people of all ages and origins.
Dedicated to discovering how people around the globe live, think, interact, age, invest, and make important, life-changing decisions. Our in-depth research and analysis are deepening the understanding of human behavior in a wide range of economic and social contexts.
The USC Center on Elder Mistreatment will bring together the existing and wide-ranging elder mistreatment expertise at USC—in medicine, gerontology, health services, psychology, and policy—as well as encourage new partnerships in biology, genetics, biodemography, economics, law, neuroscience, allied health, biostatistics, and social work.
CREATE, the first university center of excellence funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, evaluates the risks, costs and consequences of threats to human livelihood through assessment of strategies to mitigate risks and respond to emergencies.
The mission of USC's stem cell research center is to discover the cellular mechanisms that establish and renew the body's organ systems and to apply these discoveries to treating disease. We build and share an understanding of stem cells and regenerative medicine through research, collaboration and education.
Combines interdisciplinary research with the prevention and treatment of cancer. Research focuses on the application of proteomics and genomics, mathematical modeling, integrating clinical trials, pre-clinical studies and molecularly targeted therapy, which focuses on molecular and cellular changes specific to cancer.
ISI is a world leader in research and development of advanced information processing, computer and communications technologies. It is one of the nation’s largest, most successful university-affiliated computer research institutes. The Institute attracts nearly $60 million annually for basic and applied research from federal agencies and the private sector.
ICT is a DoD-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center that brings film and game industry artists together with computer and social scientists to study and develop immersive media for military training, health therapies and education, as well as explore how people engage with computers through virtual characters, video games and simulated scenarios.
IPR advances interdisciplinary research and education to improve the health and well-being of individuals and whole communities at the local and global levels.
IMSC is an informatics research center that delivers data-driven solutions for real-world applications. We find enhanced solutions to fundamental Data Science problems and apply these advances to achieve major societal impact.
The Schaeffer Center, established in 2009 through a generous gift from Leonard and Pamela Schaeffer reflects their lifelong commitment to solving healthcare issues and transforming the healthcare system through significant contributions to policy and health improvement.
METRANS' mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.
Discovering new frontiers in medicine and health. Interdisciplinary teams will work together to better understand health and to develop new life-saving devices and therapeutics
The Ming Hsieh Institute at USC is the integration of engineering, scientific and medical research that together generates novel thinking, speeds discovery and creates new pathways by which research can be translated into real improvements in human health.
USC scientists contribute to better understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and stroke through interdisciplinary research
The Norman Lear Center is a nonpartisan research and public policy center that studies the social, political, economic and cultural impact of entertainment on the world.
USC/Norris was designated by the National Cancer Institute as one of the country's leaders in cancer treatment, research, prevention and education.
The Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC creates, translates, and disseminates scholarship on the civic role of religion in a globalizing world.
One of the top five independent pediatric research institutes in the country, the Saban Institute conducts biomedical research involving the molecular and clinical understanding of childhood development.
The SETI Institute, a USC affiliate, explores, studies and explains the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe including work in astrobiology and search technology.
SC CTSI is a multifaceted resource for clinical and community-partnered translational research, which supports researchers who face special challenges above and beyond traditional research hurdles.
Aims to enhance discovery through the application of imaging and information technologies in the study of the brain
SCEC sponsors research of earthquake phenomena in Southern California, including fault-system dynamics, earthquake physics, seismic wave propagation, and seismic hazard analysis.
USC Ginsburg IBT’s vision is to transform bioengineered neural interfaces into treatments for patients for whom there is currently no foreseeable cure. Using an interdisciplinary approach, our mission is to further our basic understanding of debilitating neurosensory disorders, ultimately leading to the development of novel diagnostic and treatment options.
VSRI focuses on the nature, analysis and evaluation of visual evidence in order to interrogate the relationship of seeing, believing, and proving from Antiquity to the present.
The Wrigley Institute, based on Catalina Island, is the focal point of USC's research into marine biology and marine environmental sciences.