USC has been a world leader in the free radical field since the 1980s. The director of USC’s Free Radical Institute is Kelvin J. A. Davies PhD, D.Sc. (currently of the Davis School of Gerontology and Dornsife College, and formerly of the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy). Prof. Davies is the founding editor-in-chief of Free Radical Biology & Medicine, the major research journal in the field. Davies has been president of the Oxygen Club of California, president of the US Society for Free Radical Biology & Medicine, and president of the International Society for Free Radical Research. Davies has also won just about every prize and award in the free radical field.
The co-director of the Institute, is Enrique Cadenas MD, PhD (School of Pharmacy and Keck School of Medicine). Prof Cadenas is CEO of the Oxygen Club of California, has served on the council of the US Society for Free Radical Biology & Medicine, and was both Treasurer and then President of the International Society for Free Radical Research. Davies and Cadenas have authored hundreds of research articles, book chapters, and books on Free Radical Biology & Medicine and are frequent plenary speakers at major national and international meetings, conferences, and workshops. Profs. Davies and Cadenas have recently been knighted by the Republic of France for their services to science and international cooperation.
Neil Kaplowitz, MD, Constantinos Sioutas, Sc.D., John Tower, PhD Henry J. Forman, PhD., and Nicos A. Petasis, PhD are all world-renowned scientists who have made major contributions to our understanding of free radicals in their own fields of expertise. There are more than 50 tenured/tenure-track USC investigators whose work directly involves free radical research. No other university in the world can claim the kind of dominance USC holds in the free radical field.