Topic List : Neuroscience

  • ‘Love hormone’ key to sociability

    Oxytocin, a substance involved in nurturing, sexual and pair-bonding behaviors, has also been implicated in overall sociability. A new Stanford study in mice describes the brain circuitry that’s involved.

  • Brain tumor growth stopped

    High-grade gliomas, a group of aggressive brain tumors, cease growing in mice if a signaling molecule called neuroligin-3 is absent or its activity is blocked with drugs, a Stanford team has shown.

  • Migraine trial seeks participants

    Of the 37 million Americans who suffer from migraines, a few million progress to a chronic stage of having them more often than not. Stanford investigators hope to find out why.

  • Excitation-inhibition imbalance in autism

    Stanford researchers used advanced lab technologies to show, in mice, that symptoms of autism can be countered by reducing the ratio of excitatory to inhibitory neuronal firing in the forebrain.

  • Social cues deter male mice’s rage

    A tiny set of nerve cells in a male mouse’s brain activates aggression. But a new Stanford study shows that the male’s susceptibility to this activation depends on whether it has been housed with other mice or in isolation.

  • Brain activity predicts therapy efficacy

    Stanford researchers measured brain activity in PTSD patients before and after psychotherapy and found that they could predict how well patients would respond to treatment.

  • Prominent autism researcher joins Stanford

    Lynn Koegel, who developed an early intervention for autism that taps children’s own motivations, began work at the School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital this month.

  • Virtual tour of the brain

    Stanford Medicine is using a new software system that combines imaging from MRIs, CT scans and angiograms to create a three-dimensional model that physicians and patients can see and manipulate — just like a virtual reality game.

  • Which autistic kids does oxytocin help?

    The brain hormone may help treat social impairments in children with autism whose baseline oxytocin levels are low before treatment, according to new Stanford findings.

  • Deisseroth wins Fresenius Prize

    The Stanford psychiatrist, neuroscientist and bioengineer will be honored for three distinct contributions to the medical field: optogenetics, hydrogel-tissue chemistry and research into depression.