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Oct 7 2014 | Stanford Report
A team of Stanford Bio-X scientists and engineers is creating a small wireless device that will improve studies of chronic pain. The scientists hope to use what they learn to develop better therapies for the condition, which costs the economy $600 billion a year.
Bill Newsome had a big idea, and he bet Stanford University researchers had a lot more.
Oct 2 2014 | The Dish
Yesterday the National Institutes of Health handed out the first $46 million in funding for their BRAIN initiative. Stanford neuroscientists Mark Schnitzer and Michael Lin got one of those awards worth almost $1 million to develop improved ways of recording activity in the brain.
Oct 2 2014 | Stanford Report
Brain research that improves policies for treating drug addiction is one of seven Big Ideas that will become new priorities for the Stanford Neurosciences Institute. These new interdisciplinary teams span schools and disciplines to tackle critical challenges in brain research.
A talk with Michael Shadlen, professor of neuroscience at the Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University. We will discuss his take on consciousness, perception, and his research studying sensory decision-making.
Sep 29 2014 | The Washington Post
It sounds like the dark plot of a vampire movie. Next month, people with Alzheimer’s disease will be given the blood of young people in the hope that it will reverse some of the damage caused by the condition.
Sep 25 2014 | PBS Newshour
Every brain movement and thought zips between neurons like the current that moves through the wires and circuits in a computer. But the brain is covered with a white tissue, making it impossible for scientists to see how it makes these connections — until now.
A talk with James Surmeier about dopamine in the basal ganglia, the molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson's disease, and why we shouldn't cling too tightly to our ideas.
Dr. Surmeier is a professor and the Chair of the department of physiology at Northwestern University.
The genetic makeup of humans, fruit flies and roundworms is remarkably similar, which is why scientists have long favored using the latter two organisms to study human conditions and diseases. But a team of Stanford researchers is beginning to unravel some of the specific genetic triggers that...
Sep 23 2014 | NIH Director's Blog
There’s mounting evidence that exercise has a powerful effect on the human brain.  But how, exactly, does getting our legs moving and our hearts pumping exert a positive influence on our brains? Two scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine are out to get some answers to this important...