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Message from the Director

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, William Newsome

William T. Newsome, PhD
Vincent V. C. Woo Director

Oct 4 2017

Welcome to Stanford Neurosciences Institute. In the past year the Institute has developed interdisciplinary neuroscience at Stanford through three major emphases: supporting outstanding people, innovative research, and building a new state-of-the-art research facility.  It has been an exhilarating year for the Institute.

Our emphasis on people resulted in an outstanding junior faculty recruitment (jointly with the Dept. of Materials Science Engineering), and award of five postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Scholar Fellowships and two Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships, involving three schools and six departments.

In the research arena, our Big Ideas in Neuroscience program announced three winning teams of researchers who will receive five years of phase 2 support for novel interdisciplinary research in the broad fields of NeuroDiscovery, NeuroHealth, and NeuroEngineering.  In addition, we recently announced six winning teams for our 2017 Seed Grant competition, ranging from basic science discovery (sex hormone interaction proteins) to tool development (sonomagnetic neurostimulation) to  clinically relevant science (NGF and TrkA in chronic pain; Tau and cognitive aging).  We are very pleased to announce that a new phase 1 Big Ideas competition will take place in the coming year.

A quick glance across the street will confirm that construction has begun on the new research facility for Stanford Neurosciences & ChEM-H, which will serve as a focal point for our community. It will be a uniquely beautiful and functional space—an expression of the values and intellectual goals of both institutes.  That this building is becoming real reflects a great deal of dedicated work by numerous members of our community.  With occupation scheduled for spring, 2019, tangible benefits will soon flow to the entire community.

We look forward to all that we will accomplish together in 2018!


William T. Newsome, PhD

Vincent V.C. Woo Director, Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Harman Family Provostial Professor
Professor of Neurobiology, HHMI Investigator