SCAN: Stroke Collaborative Action Network


Stroke is arguably one of the most important neurological diseases, and Stanford is uniquely suited to ameliorate its impact. 

Stroke Collaborative Action Network is part of Stanford Neurosciences Institute. SCAN is a network of Stanford faculty whose goal is to bring together disparate disciplines to generate scientific solutions for stroke. This transformative research initiative contains scientists from 14 different departments with expertise in:

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Biological Engineering
  • Systems and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Clinical Stroke


Already, ongoing studies span a wide spectrum of stroke research including:

  • Haptic Devices
  • Brain-Machine Interfaces
  • Novel MRI techniques
  • Brain stimulation to rewire circuits
  • Mechanisms of post-stroke seizures and synaptogenesis
  • Neuroinflammatory consequences of stroke
  • Blood-brain-barrier manipulation
  • Acute stroke therapies
  • Pediatric stroke and many others


The network will strive to support the individual genius of its investigators and to together create solutions that could not be achieved separately. Similar to other targeted initiatives, the most famous being the space program, we expect that along the way our efforts will not only generate practical solutions for stroke survivors, but also uncover basic truths about the brain and generate new engineering solutions with applications to other neuroscience problems.


The network will accomplish its goals using a multipronged approach.

  • First, the group will collaboratively select “flagship projects” on which to focus our efforts. These will be re-evaluated by the group yearly, and supported creatively using both traditional and non-traditional methods.
  • Second, the group will interact scientifically via seminar series and training of interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellows.
  • Third, the network will, in addition to the flagship projects, facilitate traditional collaborations between investigators that will generate research advances and grant applications. The group will also work together to raise funds, with a goal of becoming self-sustaining.

Contact Us

Marion S. Buckwalter, MD, PhD 
Associate Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery
1201 Welch Road, P-209
Stanford, C.A. 94305
(650) 724-9098

Kacey Berry
Clinical Research Assistant
(650) 736-6673

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