Current Research Projects at Keck School of Medicine at USC


The All of Us Research Program has a simple mission. We want to speed up health research breakthroughs. To do this, we’re asking one million people to share health information. In the future, researchers can use this to conduct thousands of health studies. Participants must be 18 years of age and over. For more information, please visit https://www.joinallofus.org/en, or email us at allofus@usc.edu


Sedentary Behavior and Health Outcomes Study: This groundbreaking study will examine whether past energy balance behaviors predict the metabolic response to interrupting sitting time in healthy children. We will also study the effects of the social context and home environment on these energy balance behaviors and glucose homeostasis using ecological momentary assessment and continuous glucose monitoring. This study will inform future targeted intervention strategies to prevention or ameliorate the consequences of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. For more information, please email us at  bbelcher@usc.edu 


HEROES Study: The USC HEROES Study is investigating the connection between the diet, genetics, and diseases in Hispanic/Latino youth. We are looking for volunteers; overweight, full Hispanic or Latino origin between the ages of 12 to 18, willing to take part in a 12-week program to improve their diet.

The study consists of 2 separate clinic visits at our research clinic at USC. Visit 1 marks the beginning of the study. Visit 2 will take place about 12 weeks later.

At these clinic visits, we will test your DNA for one specific gene, perform an MRI of the liver, run a diabetes test, other blood tests, take special measurements of body fat. The participant will then be placed at random into either HEROES Group 1 or HEROES Group 2.

  • HEROES Group 1 receives all of the nutrition education materials to take home at the beginning of the 12 weeks and has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian one time at the end of the study.
  • HEROES Group 2 receives the materials in 4 separate, in-person sessions with a registered dietitian over the course of the 12 weeks.

By participating in this study, you will receive results of the diabetes test and some lab tests. You will learn how to make healthier choices that can help reduce your risk of overweight/obesity, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease. You will also help us better understand how to treat some diseases that are common in the Latino community. Additionally, we offer monetary compensation for your time and effort.

This study is supported by the National Health Institute.

If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact our study coordinator:

Yesica Corona

Office: 323-442-4102

Cell: 323-573-0102