New medical students ponder life-and-death questions
During orientation, Stanford’s new class of medical students met with deans to pause and reflect on the meaning of pledging their lives to the compassionate care of patients and the challenges involved in achieving that goal.
Researchers home in on biological cause of ALS
A mutation linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis interferes with the transport of proteins in and out of a cell’s nucleus. Targeting this pathway with drugs or therapies may one day help patients with neurodegenerative disease.
Spectrum accepting grant proposals; deadline Sept. 30
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to projects ranging from medical technologies to therapeutics to community engagement.
New clinical trial agreements expedite contract negotiations
The adoption of standardized clinical trial and confidentiality agreements will help reduce the time it takes to get sponsored clinical studies up and running.
5 Questions: Charlotte Jacobs on biography and medicine
The retired Stanford professor’s most recent book, a biography of the polio-vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, was published in the spring.
X-ray laser experiment could help in designing drugs for brain disorders
Scientists found that when two protein structures in the brain join up, they act as an amplifier for a slight increase in calcium concentration, triggering a gunshot-like release of neurotransmitters from one neuron to another.
How would you like to die? A conversation with Stanford's VJ Periyakoil
How would you like to die? To get these conversations started far and wide, VJ Periyakoil, MD, launched the Stanford Letter Project – a campaign to empower all adults to take the initiative to talk to their doctor about what matters most to them at life’s end. I…
Unique genes in Khoe-San people may lower risk of some pregnancy hazards
An unusual mutation in an immune system gene switches a receptor from one target molecule to another. It’s the first known example of such a change, say Stanford researchers, and likely leads to safer pregnancies.
Finding usable medical images made easier through software
Lane Medical Library has developed a search tool that finds medical images on the Web and groups them based on how broad or restrictive their reuse rights are.
Five faculty members appointed to endowed professorships
James Chang, Jeffrey Feinstein, Mary Hawn, Calvin Kuo and Ivan Soltesz have been appointed to endowed professorships at the School of Medicine.