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Oct 18 2013 | Stanford Report
The Stanford 2013 Roundtable, "Are You Happy Now? The New Science of Happiness and Wellbeing," convened a panel of psychologists, neuroscientists and business experts to discuss what makes people happy. Their message: Pursuing meaning in one's life is the key to establishing sustained happiness.
Joshua Elias, assistant professor of chemical and systems biology, has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant by the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund a pioneering approach to deciphering the signals that cancer cells present to the immune system.
Eight Stanford University scientists, including SNI Affiliates Michael Lin, Thomas Rando, and Tony Wyss-Coray, have received more than $17 million from the National Institutes of Health that will enable them to pursue innovative research in biomedicine.
Sep 29 2013 | NeuWrite West Blog
Graduate student Astra Bryant writes for the Neuwrite West blog an update on the BRAIN initiative, co-led by SNI director William Newsome.
Sep 26 2013 | Stanford Report
Unprecedented feat points toward a new generation of energy-efficient electronics.
Researchers have identified several large-scale neural systems in the brain that appear to be impaired by fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited intellectual disability. The findings could help scientists devise treatments for the disorder, which is caused by a gene mutation on the X...
Sep 24 2013 | Stanford Report
When Chris Chafe and Josef Parvizi began transforming recordings of brain activity into music, they did so with artistic aspirations. The professors soon realized, though, that the work could lead to a powerful biofeedback tool for identifying brain patterns associated with seizures.
Scientists have shown how a protein fragment known as beta-amyloid, strongly implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, begins destroying synapses before it clumps into plaques that lead to nerve cell death.
Researchers have shown that oxytocin — often referred to as "the love hormone" because of its importance in the formation and maintenance of strong mother-child and sexual attachments — is involved in a broader range of social interactions than previously understood.
The learning and physical disabilities that affect people with Down syndrome may be due at least in part to defective stem cell regulation throughout the body, according to researchers. The defects in stem cell growth and self-renewal observed by the researchers can be alleviated by reducing the...