Mission Statement

CAM Center Director and  USC, VP for Research

The NIH CAM Center at USC is one of the 11 nation-wide Centers of Excellence funded by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), an institute of NIH. This Center at USC was awarded $ 6 million over a period of five years starting October 1, 2007. Our Center is dedicated to understanding the mechanisms by which various plant-derived products can be used as preventive or therapeutic modalities in the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

The long term goals of the Center are to develop bidirectional translational research that will lead to establishment of both bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-bench activities. The ongoing projects of the Center include: 1) To assess the mechanism of actions of resveratrol found in red grape skin on multiple sclerosis, 2) To study the effect of compounds found in hemp seed oil on autoimmune hepatitis and 3) Use of American ginseng on colitis and colon cancer.

Our Center is supported by state-of-art Immunotoxicology Core and Instrumentation Resource Facility (IRF), and synergistic research interaction between highly talented, experienced and well funded group of investigators with expertise in molecular and cellular immunology, pathology and pharmacology.