Scientific Achievements at the USC Davis School of Gerontology

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USC Davis School of Gerontology
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Active in the medical field for nearly half a century, Dr. Soon K. Kim presently focuses his career on administrative duties. As the president and chief executive officer of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, Dr. Soon K. Kym manages a network of eight hospitals across three states. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Soon Kyun Kim sits on the board of directors for the University of Southern California (USC) Davis School of Gerontology.

Established in 1975, the USC Davis School of Gerontology has become a leader in the study of aging. With options for undergraduates, master’s candidates, and PhD students, it affords scholars the opportunity to investigate the biological, sociological, medical, and business concerns of older persons. Additionally, it oversees programs such as the USC Free Radical Institute and the Center for Digital Aging.

Over the past 30 years, USC Davis School of Gerontology researchers have made important contributions to science. In January 2014, two of its scientists – Sean Curran and Shanshan Pang – investigated how the body adapts to dieting. Published in Cell Metabolism, this report looked at how genes respond to what people eat. Their results indicated that some individuals are genetically predisposed to react better to different diets, and the wrong diets can cause premature aging. Through further research and gene sequencing, this discovery may be able to help people determine what will be the best diets for their needs.