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Stanford Engineering Magazine, 10/20/2020

-- Markus Covert: How to build a computer model of a cell  

On the new episode of the Future if Everything Podcast, Russ Altman, professor of bioengineering, talks with Marus Covert, professor of bioengineering and chemical systems and biology, about how Professor Covert set out to create a computer simulation of a single living cell and came to grips with the remarkable complexity that is life.

ABC News, 10/19/2020

-- California won't allow virus vaccines without state approval

California won't allow any distribution of coronavirus vaccines in the nation’s most populous state until it is reviewed by the state’s own panel of experts, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. David Magnus, professor of pediatrics and director of SCBE, provides comment.

Stanford Scope Blog, 10/19/2020

-- When a child’s quality of life outweighs the next test or procedure

Stanford Medicine social scientist Meghan Halley, PhD, has learned to embrace uncertainty when making medical decisions for her 5-year-old son, Philip, who has an undiagnosed genetic disorder with physical and medical complications that never end.

Science Translational Medicine, 10/19/2020

-- Courage in a climate of fear

In this editorial, Abraham Verghese, Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and Eric J. Topol, discuss the how essential it is for physicians and scientists to speak up to counter misinformation about COVID-19 amid a culture of fear.

Stanford Medicine News, 10/19/2020

-- Five professors elected to National Academy of Medicine

Five professors: Laurence Baker, Jeffrey Goldberg, Steven Goodman, Fei-Fei Li and Hannah Valantine are among the 90 regular members and 10 international members elected this year to the National Academy of Medicine. Congratulations!

STAT News, 10/17/2020

-- The two months in 1980 that shaped the future of biotech

Hank Greely, professor of law and director of the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, writes about the two months 40 years ago where five events occurred that shaped the biotechnology industry and bioscience research. Looking back on these seminal events is a reminder of the odd ways in which change happens.

Rolling Stone, 10/12/2020

-- Trump's Willful Ignorance of Science is Killing Us

The president sees science as a servant that should further his political interests, rather than as a tool for saving lives amid the crises of the coronavirus and climate change. Robert Proctor, professor of history, provides comment.

The Mercury News, 10/11/2020

-- Should California invest $5.5 billion more into promising stem cell research?

Sixteen years ago, voters were promised that $3 billion of bonds for embryonic stem-cell research would deliver cures for diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and heart disease. Instead, we’ve gotten cures or potential treatments for a very different and unexpected set of afflictions. Should Californians decide to continue support for this research? Hank Greely, professor of law and director of Stanford's Center for Law and the Biosciences, provides comment.

The Mercury News, 10/07/2020

-- Nobel Prize: UC Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna wins for pioneering gene editing tool

UC Berkeley’s Jennifer A. Doudna and French scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for making one of the most monumental discoveries in biology: a cheap, fast, precise and powerful tool to “edit” DNA, known as CRISPR. Hank Greely, professor of law and director of Stanford's Center for Law and the Biosciences, provides comment.

The Stanford Daily, 10/06/2020

-- Lucy Kalanithi explains how late husband's transition from physician to writer transformed her outlook on life

During Tuesday evening’s 30th Annual Jonathan J. King Lecture, Lucy sat down with fellow clinical associate professor Stephanie Harman to discuss her husband’s book and how it drove her to become a storyteller with goals to innovate healthcare delivery.

STAT News, 10/06/2020

-- Blood pressure and cholesterol checks are 'falling through the cracks' of virtual primary care

Widely embraced as a medical lifeboat during the pandemic, telehealth is showing signs of taking on water. This article references research conducted by Randall Stafford, professor of medicine, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Stanford Engineering Magazine, 10/05/2020

-- Rafael Pelayo: How to get a good night's sleep

A sleep expert offers insight into why so many of us are not getting enough zzz’s, what the consequences are and, above all, how we can sleep better. Join us as Rafael Pelayo and host, Stanford professor of bioengineering, Russ Altman, as they talk sleep on this episode of Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast., 10/05/2020

-- How can Artificial Intelligence Contribute to a Coronavirus Vaccine?

Biomedical research of vaccines against COVID-19 was already being tested in humans in March. Three months after the initial outbreak was identified in China, many of those owed their rapid start to the power of Artificial intelligence (AI). Work of Russ Altman, professor of bioengineering, and Binbin Chen, medical student, is featured.

Advanced Health Care Directive

California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:

Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”

Delineate your health care wishes, such as:

  • Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
  • Revoke prior directives

The sample form is above for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.

Select "Centers, Institutes and More," then "Other Designation (specify below)" then type in "Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics."

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2020 Kalanithi Writing Contest

Stanford's Medicine & the Muse is pleased to solicit unpublished short stories, essays or poems addressing patients and providers facing chronic or life limiting illness.

Submissions due by December 1

Contest details and submission portal here