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Message from the Director

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, William Newsome

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

Oct 11, 2018

Welcome to the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. Today we changed our name in recognition of a generous lead gift from Clara Wu Tsai and Joe Tsai. This inspiring support will enable the institute to intensify and expand our research and programmatic efforts. Our success, both now and in the future, springs from three foundational commitments—to outstanding people, to innovative research and to state-of-the-art facilities.  
During the past year, our investment in people resulted in an exceptional junior faculty hire, awarding of five postdoctoral and three graduate fellowships, and initiation of an undergraduate neuroscience interest group. We are also expanding the Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology graduate training program. 
Our most recent investment in research is giving birth to four new Big Ideas in Neuroscience teams engaging in novel interdisciplinary research in our broad emphasis areas of NeuroDiscovery, NeuroHealth, and NeuroEngineering. We are piloting a new Neuroscience:Translate grant program, and will announce a new round of Seed Grant competition in early 2019.
Construction is ongoing for the new research complex for Neuroscience & ChEM-H. Scheduled to open in July 2019, the facility will include a suite of neuroscience community labs that will provide shared instrumentation and expertise to our entire community.
We look forward to all that we will accomplish together in 2019!


William T. Newsome, PhD

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