How we can help you

The Office of Communication & Public Affairs provides a wide range of communications services for faculty, staff and students. We can help you promote ongoing projects, exciting discoveries, notable accomplishments or community-specific needs. From advances in basic sciences to research-recruitment efforts to human-interest stories about the exceptional people within the School of Medicine, the content we produce and the stories we pitch to media span the field of biomedicine.

Contacting the Office of Communication & Public Affairs

To make the most of our services, please feel free to contact us (please use your stanford.edu email address). We welcome news regarding papers pending publication, recently launched research projects, newly awarded grants or upcoming events. Contacting our office as soon as you learn a journal has accepted a paper, rather than waiting for a publication date, is strongly recommended. A longer lead time ensures that our efforts are as effective as possible. 

If you are contacting us about an upcoming paper, please provide a short summary describing the paper's key findings, the name of the journal in which it will appear and the expected date of publication. If at all possible, please let us know about your research or project two to four weeks before the expected publication date.

In presenting your story idea to us, please consider the following:

  • Does the result represent a significant advance in your field, or is it incremental? Are bigger results expected soon?
  • Is there an interesting angle that will capture the public’s interest, such as an unexpected finding or a practical application?
  • How does your research fit into other previous or ongoing work at H&S or the university at large?
  • Does your team have strong visuals (images, graphics, or video), or is there an opportunity to create strong visuals, to help tell the story?    

Getting publicity

After discussing your needs, we will devise a strategy to share the information with the appropriate audiences. This may include writing and distributing press releases, working with journalists to initiate news coverage and reaching out to the campus community and general public through our award-winning publications and popular social media channels:

Throughout this process, our science writers and media-relations specialists will consult with you to ensure the most accurate representation of your work, and offer media training and advice on effectively connecting with media.

Following the School of Medicine in the news

Every business day, our office publishes Stanford Medicine in the News, a summary of web, print and broadcast media stories featuring Stanford Medicine faculty, students and staff. To subscribe to this digest or to submit any missed news items, please contact Margarita Gallardo.

Using the School of Medicine name and logo

The Stanford University School of Medicine name and logo are well-established and carry valuable brand equity. The School of Medicine logo may be used in conjunction with academic and research-related events without permission. If, however, the logo will appear externally (outside of Stanford), a description of how the logo will be used must be submitted to the Dean's Office for review. Additional information is available in the Stanford School of Medicine Logo & Name Use Guide.

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