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2022

  • – NIGMS Biomedical Beat Blog

    Sepsis Sleuths

    Sepsis is a complex, often life-threatening condition that’s poorly understood. Meet three researchers helping solve the puzzle of sepsis, including Dr. Vanessa Nomellini (UT Southwestern), Dr. John Alverdy (UChicago), and Dr. Nima Aghaeepour (Stanford).

  • – Nature

    Hugh O. McDevitt 1930–2022

    Nature Immunology - Hugh O. McDevitt 1930–2022

  • – Scope

    Can we rejuvenate aging brains?

    A Stanford Medicine researcher discusses his neuroscience-driven investigation into aging and if it's possible to rejuvenate an aging brain. Neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, has spent 20 years unearthing and examining various molecules with neuroprotective and neurodegenerative properties. These molecules are found in or on different cell types in the brain and on the blood vessels abutting it, or floating in the blood and the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes it. And they become increasingly important as we age.

  • – NBC Bay Area

    Stanford Researchers Looking Into Nasal Spray to Fight COVID-19 Spread

    It may be the vaccine of the future, a nasal spray that would entirely prevent COVID-19 infections by delivering a boost of immunity right where the virus enters. “You could have at the site of infection at your nose at your mouth. You have these antibodies that are just there and waiting, and ready to go as soon as you breath in this virus,” said Dr. Michal Tal, Principal Scientist at MIT and Stanford University Immunologist.

  • – ABC News

    Three myths about COVID-19 — and the biggest challenge that lies ahead

    With four decades of research on antibodies under my belt, I always felt like I had a pretty good handle on COVID-19. But when I caught the virus in May, my hubris quickly turned into humility, writes Professor Chris Goodnow.


2021

  • – Scope

    Who's on first? Duking out scientific paper authorship order

    Determining the order of authors on a scientific paper can be tricky. Unless you're a pair of video gaming graduate students. Recently Stanford researcher Garry Nolan, PhD, tweeted about an unconventional way two researchers in his laboratory who had each contributed equally to a study decided who should be listed first on the print version of the paper.

  • – BBC

    BBC Radio 5 live - 5 Live Science Podcast, Life in plastic, is it fantastic?

    As the government moves to Plan B - what actually happens when you catch the new variant?

  • – Stanford Professor Garry Nolan Is Analyzing Anomalous Materials From UFO Crashes

    Stanford Professor Garry Nolan Is Analyzing Anomalous Materials From UFO Crashes

    A Q&A with one of the foremost scientists studying UAPs, and what he hopes to learn by systematically studying bizarre and difficult-to-explain incidents. Dr. Garry Nolan is a Professor of Pathology at Stanford University. His research ranges from cancer to systems immunology. Dr. Garry Nolan has also spent the last ten years working with a number of individual analyzing materials from alleged Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon.

  • – Gizmodo

    The Coronavirus Can Infect and Possibly Hide in Fat Cells, Study Finds

    The preliminary findings could partially explain why people living with obesity are at higher risk of severe covid-19. “This could well be contributing to severe disease,” senior author, Catherine Blish, an immunologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, told the New York Times. “We’re seeing the same inflammatory cytokines that I see in the blood of the really sick patients being produced in response to infection of those tissues.”

  • – Mail Online

    Blood from ultra-fit mice 'could hold the key to staving off dementia'

    Injections of blood from young adult mice that are getting lots of exercise benefited the brains of sedentary mice the same age, according to a study by the Stanford School of Medicine in California. 'The discovery could open the door to treatments that, by taming brain inflammation in people who don't get much exercise, lower their risk of neurodegenerative disease or slow its progression,' said Professor Tony Wyss-Coray, of the Stanford School of Medicine in California, which carried out the research.


October 7, 2021 - The Edge
How can technology help you track real time data about your health and wellbeing? And why should you track anyway? In this episode, Michael Snyder, professor of genetics, talks about how tracking can help you gain deeper understanding of what is going on in your body at a physiological level. Often, illnesses begin developing in our bodies quietly, before any symptoms begin to show up. Snyder’s research shows that by tracking on a regular basis, we can pre-empt diseases. Health data collection using wearable tech can help us take a proactive approach toward prevention of disease. And like they say, prevention is better than cure.

  • – Scope

    What to do (and not do) when you win the Nobel Prize

    Three of Stanford Medicine's Nobel laureates, including Andrew Fire, George D. Smith Professor of Molecular and Genetic Medicine and Professor of Pathology and of Genetics, offer advice to future winners about hearing the news and what to expect next in their careers.

  • – The Scientist Magazine

    When the Immune Response Makes COVID-19 Worse

    If the immune system makes mistake--reacting late or getting the target wrong--it can amplify the damage wrought by SARS-CoV-2.

  • – News Center

    Statins may be effective treatment for patients with ulcerative colitis

    People with ulcerative colitis who are also taking statins have about a 50% decreased risk of colectomies and hospitalization, according to a Stanford Medicine study. Purvesh Khatri, PhD, associate professor of medicine and of biomedical data science, and his team tracked down a connection between a handful of drugs and decreased symptoms of ulcerative colitis.

  • – Business Insider

    Why Stanford is spending millions to incorporate Apple Watches and Fitbits into medical care

    Stanford is exploring consumer wearable devices, including Apple Watches and Fitbits, to monitor heart rates and predict COVID-19 symptoms. Michael Snyder, professor of genetics, leads many of the health systems' wearable projects and says it's up to health systems to quickly figure out whether the data's useful to doctors and how to efficiently extract it from the devices.

  • – Scope

    Blood test predicts chances of lymphoma relapse after therapy

    Stanford Medicine Scientists have devised a blood test to predict some cancer relapses after patients have already been treated.To understand whether ctDNA tracking might hint at relapse, Miklos, who heads Stanford Medicine's Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy division, Matthew Frank MD, PhD assistant professor of medicine, and their labs enrolled 72 patients with large B-cell lymphoma, who had received CAR-T cell therapy, which involves genetically engineering certain immune cells to find and eliminate specific cancer cells.


June 23, 2021 – NBC Bay Area

NBC Bay Area: COVID-19 and brain inflammation

Stanford researchers have found signs of inflammation, genetic changes and impaired circuitry in the brains of people killed by COVID-19, important clues to the mysterious “brain fog” and mental struggles reported by many patients. Tony Wyss-Coray, professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford Medicine provides comments.

  • – MarketWatch

    How COVID vaccine's mRNA technology could help cure other diseases

    Scientists and companies are trying to harness the mRNA technology to develop vaccines against cancer and other diseases. Bali Pulendran, Violetta L. Horton Professor And Professor Of Microbiology And Immunology and of Pathology, comments on the future on vaccines.

  • – News Center

    Stanford researchers find signs of inflammation in brains of people who died of COVID-19

    A detailed molecular analysis of tissue from the brains of individuals who died of COVID-19 reveals extensive signs of inflammation and neurodegeneration, but no sign of the virus that causes the disease. Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford, shares senior authorship with Andreas Keller, PhD, chair of clinical bioinformatics at Saarland University.

  • – News Center

    Climate change linked to longer allergy season in Bay Area, Stanford study finds

    Air levels of pollen and mold spores in the San Francisco Bay Area are elevated for about two more months per year than in past decades, and higher temperatures are to blame, a Stanford Medicine study has found, led by senior author, Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and of pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine.

  • – Stanford Today

    Faculty Women’s Forum announces 2021 award winners

    The 2021 Faculty Women’s Forum Awards honor individuals for their outstanding work supporting women at Stanford through role modeling, allyship, leadership and sponsorship. Stanford Immunology faculty Dr. Joy Wu, an associate professor of medicine (endocrinology, gerontology and metabolism) in the School of Medicine is honored in the Allyship Award category.

  • – News Center

    Smartwatch data can predict blood test results, study reports

    Stanford researchers found that data from smartwatches can flag early signs of some health conditions and predict the results of simple blood tests. Scientists from the lab of Michael Snyder, PhD, professor and chair of genetics, tracked data from smartwatches, blood tests and other tests conducted in a doctor’s office in a small group of study participants.


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