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Gene Editing: An Inevitable Future

By Anisha Bellur, Walnut High School, Walnut, CA 91789, Class of 2020 Edited by Caitlyn Kellogg, University of Southern California, Class of 2017   What Exactly is Gene Editing? Genes are made of DNA and provide the code for protein synthesis. During DNA replication, due to environmental factors or coincidence, changes, or mutations, may occur in the DNA. This may result in alterations to the new strand being synthesized. Gene editing is when mutations such as insertion, deletion or replacement of DNA are induced by scientists at a specific DNA site in order to engineer a new DNA sequence of their choosing1.   Is Gene Editing a New Technology? No, gene editing is not new and has been used by scientists for several decades in yeast, bacteria, mice, zebrafish, and other organisms i...[Read More]

Invitation from Our Partner MiMentor

Invitation from Our Partner MiMentor Health Summit: Building Awareness of Healthcare Access in our Community Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine and Summer Urban Health Fellowship presents an informative Health Summit that will cover the following  topics: • Building Awareness of Healthcare Access in our Community • Addressing Environmental Concerns • Community Empowerment This event will be taking place in both English and Spanish. #RisetoHealth For more information, please contact: Maria Rosales at:  Hope to see you there! Drs. Puvvula and Granados #mimentor #miora

MiOra was at the Intel International Science and Engineering (ISEF) Fair.

ISEF is the largest pre-college scientific research competition in the world, organized by Society of Research. This year approximately 1800 students showcased their science projects and competed for grand awards for up to $75,000 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There were approximately 1000 prestigious judges from all over the United States. MiOra mentors had the pleasure of reviewing the student projects and providing feedback.

USC Affordable Care Act Panel

Various healthcare professionals discuss their perspectives on the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform. Event organized by the USC Alpha Epsilon Delta.

MiOra Participated in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Panel Discussion at USC

MiOra ( President Dr. Ozlem Equils and MiOra mentor Dr. Alex Chen, VP of Quality and Safety @AltaMed (one of the largest FQHC’s in the nation) participated in a panel discussion organized by the University of Southern California (USC) Premedical Honor Society Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED).   Following the excellent presentations by Professor Dr. PH. Michael Cousineau, Head of the Health Policy track for the USC MPH Program and Sean Patrick Nordt, M.D., Pharm.D., Assist. Dean for USC Pre-Health Undergraduate Studies, the panel members, including the Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. James McPherson, MD, MPH, FACS discussed the impact of ACA from different perspectives and answered the students’ questions on the future of healthcare environment.   The pre-health stud...[Read More]

Mentoring the Future of Health: An Evening with Dr. Chris da Costa & Dr. Monica Soni

MiOra mentors Dr. Chris Da Costa, the Global Medical Director with Asahi Kasei Pharma American Corporation and Dr.  Monica Soni, the Director of Continuity Care at Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center within the Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LADHS) are coming together for a fascinating event at the University of Southern California, moderated by Dr. Ozlem Equils, the founder of MiOra. The meeting with the pre-health students  will take place on Thursday, October 20th, between 7:00-8:30 pm in Taper Hall Room 101 within the USC campus. Due to the limited amount of seats available, please RSVP at: For more information, follow us on MiOra @Facebook and MiOra Connection @Linkedin, and also visit the official Miora website ( 

Congrats Dr. Penn

Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA is the Founding Dean of the new College of Medicine at Roseman University in Nevada. The program plans to enroll 60 students beginning in the summer of 2017 and grow over the years into a premier, private allopathic medical school. The College will be located in Summerlin and aims to improve the health of the communities of Southern Nevada and the Intermountain West. Roseman University already has Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Dental Medicine. MiOra ( congratulates Dr. Penn and all the visionaries!

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Inter-Pregnancy Intervals

Agustin Conde-Agudelo and colleagues from the University of Valle in Cali, Colombia, used data from 7 observational studies (1130210 children in total, from 1965 to 2015) and observed that, after correcting for the confounding variables, the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder was more common among children born to women with inter pregnancy intervals (IPIs) of less than 12 months compared to those with IPIs of more than 36 months, and the diagnosis of developmental delay and cerebral palsy was more common for children born to women with IPIs longer than 36 months (Pediatrics 2016).

Online Doctor Rating Websites

Doctors be aware: According to a recent survey-based study from University of Michigan, online doctor rating websites are gaining popularity among parents in the USA. Last year, nearly one in three parents looked at an online doctor rating for themselves or for another family member. There is concern, however, over the accuracy and authenticity of these ratings. 71% of parents 30 year and older, and 59% of parents younger than 30 years, reported concern. Only 11% of the study respondents rated doctors. Source:

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