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Planning for the Future
The latest planned giving newsletter was mailed November 2015.
Scientists assemble working human forebrain circuits in a lab dish
Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have observed stem-cell-derived nerve cells arising in a specific region of the human brain migrate into another brain region. This process recapitulates what’s been believed to occur in a developing fetus, but has never previously been viewed in real time.
Study shows protein in human umbilical cord blood rejuvenates old mice’s impaired learning, memory
Human umbilical cord blood can rejuvenate learning and memory in older mice, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Deisseroth to receive Harvey Prize in Human Health
The Harvey Prize, established by industrialist and inventor Leo Harvey, recognizes researchers who have made breakthroughs in science and technology of benefit to humanity. Optogenetics has “revolutionized neurobiology,” the prize administrators wrote.
Wearable sensors can tell when you are getting sick
New research from Stanford professor and chair of genetics, Michael Snyder, PhD shows that fitness monitors and other wearable biosensors can tell when an individual’s heart rate, skin temperature and other measures are abnormal, suggesting possible illness before it occurs. The results of Snyder’s current study raises the possibility of identifying inflammatory disease in individuals who may not even know they are getting sick.
Deep-learning algorithm matches dermatologists’ ability to identify skin cancer
Universal access to health care was on the minds of computer scientists at Stanford when they set out to create an artificially intelligent diagnosis algorithm for skin cancer. They created a database of nearly 130,000 skin disease images and trained the algorithm to visually diagnose potential cancer. From the very first test, it performed with inspiring accuracy.
5 Questions: David Entwistle on taking the helm of SHC
In a Q&A, the new president and CEO of Stanford Health Care shares his thoughts about his new job and the evolving health care landscape.
Stanford part of Bay Area Biohub collaboration for health research
Stanford will be one of three Bay Area universities — along with the University of California-San Francisco and the University of California-Berkeley — to participate in a new bioscience collaboration funded through a $600 million commitment by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Stanford Cancer Institute Earns Top Cancer Center Designation
The Stanford Cancer Institute has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health and the world’s leading cancer research organization.
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
The new Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Stanford Medicine was founded with a $250 million grant from the Parker Foundation. Learn more about their work.
Stanford Medicine, Google team up to harness power of data science for health care
Stanford Medicine will use the power, security and scale of Google Cloud Platform to support precision health and more efficient patient care.
Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences
School of Medicine faculty members Helen Blau, PhD, and John Boothroyd, PhD, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Carla Shatz Wins Kavli Neuroscience Prize
Carla Shatz, PhD, professor of neurobiology and of biology at Stanford, has won the 2016 Kavli Neuroscience Prize for her work in understanding how the brain’s wiring takes shape during development.
Vantage Point: We don't just need precision medicine, we need precision health
The dean of the School of Medicine hopes the country’s leaders will set their sights higher in their quest to improve the health of the American people.
Byerwalter to Serve as Interim President of Stanford Health Care
Mariann Byerwalter will serve as interim president and CEO of Stanford Health Care beginning Jan. 2. To ensure a smooth changeover, she will transition into her new role over the final two months of current president and CEO Amir Dan Rubin’s tenure.
Neuroscience Health Center
Stanford Neuroscience Health Center for neurological injuries, brain tumors, movement disorders, brain aneurysms, spine deterioration, Parkinson’s & memory disorders.
Roberts Earns Top Ethics Prize
Imagine being terrified you might kill yourself. Then imagine driving 300 miles to the nearest city for psychiatric care because you’re even more afraid someone in your town will find out about your depression. Or worse yet, being so afraid of being labeled “crazy” that you don’t seek care at all.
Closing In on Cancer
Edgar Engleman's lab gives the immune system 'a little kick in the butt,' to stunning effect.
5 Questions: Euan Ashley on diagnosing the undiagnosable
The National Institutes of Health’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network launches today, and Euan Ashley, MRCP, DPhil, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine and of genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has been named co-chair of the UDN steering committee.
Photovoltaic retinal implant could restore functional sight, researchers say
A Stanford cardiac electrophysiologist and colleagues have used a unique research method to learn more about atrial fibrillation. Mintu Turakhia, MD, and collaborators at Medtronic and Massachusetts General Hospital, extracted data out of decades of continuously recorded medical information from implanted medical devices—pacemakers and defibrillators—in 10,000 heart patients. Then they linked it to medical records, and analyzed it.
Stanford-based Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center to be launched
The National Institutes of Health will fund the establishment of an Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The award, totaling slightly more than $7.3 million, will be dispensed over a five-year period.