Neurology & Neurological Sciences News

2024 AAN A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award

Congratulations Scheherazade Le, MD on receiving a 2024 AAN A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award. Excellent teachers deserve recognition for their contributions to improving neurology now and in the future. Teaching binds students, residents, faculty, other clinicians, researchers, and even patients, together and helps make our daily work more meaningful. This award demonstrates respect and appreciation for neurologic teaching. 

Why detecting the earliest biological signs of Parkinson’s disease is so crucial

Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, behind Alzheimer's disease, and affects nearly a million people in the United States. A new test can detect the biological signature of Parkinson’s disease before symptoms arise. Dr. Kathleen Poston explains why early diagnosis opens the door to better therapies.

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Awarded Magnet® Recognition

 Stanford Medicine Children’s Health announced that it has once again achieved Magnet recognition. This designation reflects its exemplary professional nursing practice, interprofessional teamwork and preeminent patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

NINDS K12 Child Neurology Career Development Awardee

Congratulations to Rebecca Levy MD, PhD on being named a CNCDP-K12 scholar beginning July 2024. Dr. Levy is a pediatric neurogeneticist and a physician-scientist who applies neural organoid models to understand and hopefully treat neurogenetic disorders of brain development. Her current focus is on the gene CACNA1C which codes for a calcium channel in the heart and the brain. Dr. Levy is the 5th NINDS K12 Child Neurology Career Development awardee in 7 years at Stanford. Other awardees include Juliet Knowles, Autumn Ivy, Elizabeth Mayne and Isha Srivastava. This is testimony to what an elite group of trainees and early investigators we have and how Stanford has become one of the very top programs nationally for early scholars. Congratulations!!

Reena Thomas appointed new senior associate dean for medical education

We're thrilled to announce the appointment of Reena Thomas as the new senior associate dean for medical education at Stanford School of Medicine, effective August 1. A recognized leader in medical education with remarkable achievements in cancer research, Thomas will succeed Neil Gesundheit who will continue at the School as a senior advisor. Join us in celebrating this transition, congratulating Thomas on her new role, and thanking Gesundheit for his significant contributions to our School of Medicine.

 

What really happens to our memory as we age?

A Q&A with Sharon Sha, MD, MS on dementia, healthy aging and memory loss — and how we can protect our brains in later life

The clocks in your body

PODCAST: Join Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD and Nicholas Weiler to learn about new research on how your biological age can be quite different from your chronological age, and why understanding the reason people age at different rates has become a hot topic for researchers who study aging.

Redefining Parkinson's Disease

PODCAST: Join Kathleen Poston, MD, MS and Nicholas Weiler to learn about exciting advances in our ability to detect the brain pathology driving Parkinson's disease and related disorders much earlier, even before symptoms arise, and how this is opening doors for early intervention and — hopefully — prevention.

Antonio Omuro becomes head of Stanford’s Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences

The former chief of neuro-oncology at the Yale School of Medicine is a highly regarded scientist specializing in the study of brain tumors and an advocate of those underrepresented in medicine.

CAR-T therapy for multiple sclerosis enters US trials for first time

Stanford clinician scientists Dr. Jeffrey Dunn and Dr. Robert Lowsky have started the first clinical trial in the US testing CAR-T (CD-19) immunotherapy for Multiple Sclerosis in human subjects, as reported in Nature magazine.

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute announces 2024 Neuroscience:Translate awards

The Neuroscience:Translate program is intended to support and mentor high-potential projects coming out of Stanford research labs and accelerate their path to practical applications for patients. Paul George, MD, PhD, Michelle James, PhD, and Kristen Steenerson, MD are among the 2024 award recipients.

Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellowship

Congratulations, Zahra Sadat-Hossieny, MD, on your selection as a Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellow. The Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellowship provides motivated Stanford University faculty members from medicine, engineering, or other schools at Stanford with advanced training and mentoring in health technology innovation.

 

Neurosciences seed grants fuel research in childhood epilepsy, eating disorders, Alzheimer's and more

Wu Tsai Neuro's fifth round of seed grants spark innovative collaborations advancing our knowledge of the mind and brain across the lifespan. Three Stanford Neurology & Neurological Sciences faculty are among recipients.

Frequency of OH in Isolated REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

PODCAST: Dr. Elizabeth Coon talks with Dr. Mitchell G. Miglis about the frequency of orthostatic hypotension in isolated REM sleep behavior disorder.

J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care

Brenda E. Porter, MD, PhD, FAES, was awarded the J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care during the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (AES). The J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care honors Dr. Penry’s lifelong focus on and genuine concern for people with epilepsy. It recognizes individuals whose work has had a major impact on patient care and has improved the quality of life for persons with epilepsy. Congratulations, Dr. Porter!

Stanford Medicine-led study finds way to predict which of our organs will fail first

A new study led by Stanford Medicine scientists demonstrates a simple way of studying organ aging by analyzing distinct proteins, or sets of them, in blood, enabling the prediction of individuals’ risk for diseases.

An electrical storm in the brain

Dr. Fiona Baumer joins host Nicholas Weiler in a podcast from the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University as they dive into the misunderstood and often stigmatized world of epilepsy.

2023 Paul Marks Prize

Michelle Monje, MD, PhD is one of the 2023 winners of The Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. This prize recognizes a new generation of leaders in cancer research who are making significant contributions to the understanding of cancer or are improving the treatment of the disease through basic or clinical research. The prize is intended to encourage young investigators who have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of cancer research. Congratulations, Dr. Monje!

A new branch of oncology, cancer neuroscience, offers hope for hard-to-treat brain tumors

To drive their growth, many tumors hijack nervous system signals, including those needed for brain plasticity. Stanford Medicine discoveries are opening a promising new branch of oncology research.

Meaningful Medicine: On Ableism in Medicine

Podcast discussing disability and ableism in medical training with Dr. Meaghan Roy-O’Reilly, MD/PhD, a Stanford neurology resident living and working with Charcot-Marie-Tooth peripheral neuropathy.

Neurooncologist Reena Thomas receives CIRM award of nearly $12 million for immunotherapy research

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has awarded $12 million to Reena Thomas, MD, PhD, clinical associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences, for a phase 1 clinical trial to assess the safety of a CAR-T cell immunotherapy for glioblastoma multiforme, the most common malignant primary brain tumor in adults.  

Arc Institute Ignite Award

Congratulations, Katrin  Andreasson, MD on receiving a 2023 Arc Institute Ignite Award.  Award recipients were selected for their visionary research agendas that venture into little-explored territory. Their expertise complements work happening at Arc and explores focus areas from distinct angles, opening up additional channels for discovery and impact. Dr. Andreasson's grant will investigate the role of dysregulated inflammatory responses that drive age-associated cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.  A primary focus will be on the peripheral innate immune response and how it changes in aging and age-associated inflammatory diseases.  

Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) Board of Directors Selected

Chitra Venkatasubramanian, MBBS, MD, MSc, FNCS was appointed to the Neurocritical Care Society’s (NCS) Board of Directors. Congratulations, Dr. Venkat! 

Stanford Medicine researchers find possible cause of depression after stroke

Depression can be a very serious problem after stroke. This study will help us develop new and better treatments for those who aren't completely treated by current anti-depressants.

Simons Foundation Grant

Congratulations, Chinyere Agbaegbu Iweka, PhD, on receiving a Simons Foundation Independence Award for her work "Circadian regulation of immune cell metabolism and the effect on cognitive flexibility in the aging brain"

2023 Stanford Postdoc JEDI Champion Award

Congratulations, Cellas Hayes, PhD on your 2023 Stanford Postdoc JEDI Champion award! The JEDI Champion Awards are a recognition of current Stanford postdoctoral scholars who have championed initiatives, activities, or efforts that advance justice, equity, diversity, & inclusion at Stanford and beyond. 

Scientists identify ‘Velcro-like’ molecule to potentially treat ALS

Lawrence Steinman, MD and his collaborators recently identified a molecule that could be targeted by drug developers to treat ALS. The protein, alpha 5 integrin, is related to another integrin (alpha 4), a type of protein that helps immune cells move and bind to their surroundings like Velcro.

Welcome Antonio Omuro, MD

The Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences would like to welcome our newly appointed chair, Antonio Omuro, MD, who will join our department in February 2024.

Stanford Medicine-led study finds genetic factor fends off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

A massive study of medical and genetic data shows that people with a particular version of a gene involved in immune response had a lower risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Depression: Early warning sign or risk factor for dementia?

Which comes first: Depression or dementia? A team of scientists led by Victor Henderson, MD found that the risk of dementia more than doubles for people previously diagnosed with depression.

2023 Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award

Congratulations to Juliet Knowles, MD, PhD for receiving a McKnight Foundation 2023 Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award for her work "Neuron-to-OPC synapses in adaptive and maladaptive myelination"

The Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

Jeff Dunn, MD was awarded The Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Rep. Mike Thompson for advancing the care and research of Multiple Sclerosis.

American Epilepsy Society Junior Investigator Award

Congratulations, Yi Li, MD, PhD, for receiving an American Epilepsy Society Junior Investigator Award for her work titled "Genetic impact of women with epilepsy on their children’s cognitive outcome". 

Interview with Helen Bronte-Stewart, principal investigator, QDG

Helen Bronte-Stewart discusses Quantitative Digitography (QDG), a unique, remote technology that provides health care providers with quantitative, validated measures of all motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Data from alternating finger tapping on the digitography device is analyzed in our HIPAA-compliant cloud-based service, and metrics are available to the provider in the electronic medical record in real time.

Mormino Lab receives Simon's Foundation grant

Surviving Migraine: Expert Insights On Migraine Diagnosis and Treatment

June is Migraine Awareness Month. WebMD Podcast. Dr. John Whyte sits down with two migraine experts, Dr. Cynthia E Armand, clinical director of Montefiore Headache Center and fellowship director of the Montefiore Headache Program, and Dr. Addie Peretz, board-certified neurologist and clinical assistant professor at Stanford Medicine, to discuss diagnostic criteria, cardiovascular risks, the impact of social determinants of health, support during reproductive years, and new treatment options to empower long-term migraine sufferers.

Where in the brain is my sense of self?

Ever wonder where in your brain that interesting character called "I" lives? Stanford Medicine physician-scientist Josef Parvizi, MD, PhD, has news of its whereabouts.

Anti-Aging Benefits Could Be Found in Blood

Can Young-Blood Infusions Reverse the Aging Process? A diverse group of researchers are attempting to identify anti-aging components in blood that may help our brains remain younger and fitter as we age.  

Brain cancer specialists hope Biden’s Moonshot speeds therapies

The goal of the Moonshot initiative -- named after President John F. Kennedy's audacious 1961 vow to put a human on the moon -- is to cut the death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years. How? By bridging chasms between scientific research and therapeutic solutions, beginning with a focus on cancer's most deadly forms.

Stroke Risk Rising in Young People

2 million young adults suffer from strokes ever year. Maarten Lansberg, MD, PhD, professor at the Stanford Stroke Center, provides insight about risk factors.

The future of movement disorders

Helen Bronte-Stewart is a neurologist and an expert in movement disorders, like Parkinson’s. She says new approaches, such as closed-loop deep-brain stimulation, and new digital health technologies that chart subtle changes in movement are reshaping the field, leading to new understandings and new treatments for this once-untreatable disease. To modulate behavior, you first have to measure it, Bronte-Stewart tells host Russ Altman. It’s the future of movement disorders in this episode of Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast.

Multisite thalamic recordings to characterize seizure propagation in the human brain

In the first of its kind, a group of investigators at Stanford Healthcare mapped the pathways for seizure propagation through the brain’s switchboard (thalamus) in patients with presumed refractory temporal lobe epilepsy by recording simultaneously from multiple sites within this structure. Their findings - now published by Teresa Wu and colleagues in Brain – reveals a novel and surprising finding: In more than half of the patients, seizures do not spread the way we thought they did! They concluded that personalized targeting of the thalamus for neuromodulation in each patient may lead to better treatment outcomes in these patients. 

Parkinson's Disease Biomarker Found

In an enormous leap forward in the understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD), researchers have discovered a new tool that can reveal a key pathology of the disease: abnormal alpha-synuclein — known as the “Parkinson’s protein” — in brain and body cells. The breakthrough, announced last night as it was published in the scientific journal The Lancet Neurology, opens a new chapter for research, with the promise of a future where every person living with Parkinson’s can expect improved care and treatments — and newly diagnosed individuals may never advance to full-blown symptoms.

Epstein Barr Virus & Multiple Sclerosis – Jeffrey Dunn, M.D.

New research shows that Multiple Sclerosis may be caused by Epstein Barr virus infection. Learn more in this informative Grand Rounds lecture at the Seattle Science Foundation by Jeffrey Dunn, MD.

Scientists dance the beautiful brain

To some an unlikely pair, neuroscience and art were a natural complement during a performance hosted by Stanford's Medicine & the Muse program, which featured an evening of dance theater celebrating neuroscience.

The Documentary: The long haul of long Covid

Three years after the official declaration of a pandemic, 65 million people - one in 10 who had Covid-19 - still have symptoms. Some are so ill they are yet to return to work. Michelle Monje-Deisseroth, MD, PhD and other researchers around the world try to unravel the cause behind long COVID which is associated with around 200 symptoms including persistent cognitive impairment.  

Scientists find genetic Alzheimer’s risk factor tied to African ancestry

A genetic risk factor found virtually exclusively among people of at least partial African ancestry substantially boosts the risk of incurring Alzheimer’s disease — but only sometimes.

Bold ideas to advance healthy brain aging win inaugural Knight Initiative grants

The Phil and Penny Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience is proud to announce the recipients of its inaugural 2022 Innovation and Catalyst Grants.

Department of Neurology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion- 2022 Highlights

In this newsletter, we hope to review the many facets of how diversity and inclusion are actively being promoted throughout the culture and mission of our Department of Neurology. We encourage participation and engagement by all!

New Study Finds Link Between POTS and Long COVID

NBC's Today Show highlights Dr. Mitchell Miglis and the Stanford Autonomic Division's ongoing research efforts in Long-COVID. Dr. Miglis' team is currently recruiting patients who developed Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) after COVID, as well as those who had COVID and fully recovered, and those who never had COVID, for an NIH-sponsored study to better understand the mechanisms of Long-COVID dysautonomia. If interested, please email: rubas@stanford.edu.

Science Philosophy in a Flash: Wired to Regenerate

Paul George taps into the bioelectrical language of the injured brain to reawaken the healing potential of neural stem cells. Inspired by his patients, he looks for innovative strategies that may one day help patients recover from neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke. In this episode, Iris Kulbatski from The Scientist’s Creative Services Team spoke with George to learn more about what being a scientist means to him.

One of Long COVID’s Worst Symptoms Is Also Its Most Misunderstood

Brain fog isn’t like a hangover or depression. It’s a disorder of executive function that makes basic cognitive tasks absurdly hard.

Human brain cells transplanted into rat brains hold promise for neuropsychiatric research

Lab-grown clusters of human brain cells integrate so well into young rats’ brains they enable researchers to study neurodevelopmental disorders’ molecular and circuit underpinnings.

How far would you go to live better, for longer?

Join Chris Hemsworth and our very own Sharon Sha, MD, MS, in exploring the boundaries of human potential in #LimitlessWithChrisHemsworth, a Disney+ Original series from National Geographic, streaming November 16 on Disney+.

Three Dimensions of Association Link Migraine Symptoms and Functional Connectivity

Stanford researchers Rob Cowan and Danielle DeSouza, collaborating with colleagues at the University of Maryland recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience a ground-breaking study looking at fMRI correlates of migraine chronification in subsets of patients with episodic and chronic migraine. The study identified, for the first time, distinct subgroups within the migraine population which may lead to novel biomarkers and more patient-centered treatment strategies.

Worse anxiety, depression symptoms in pregnant women with epilepsy

Women with epilepsy experience more anxiety and depression symptoms during and after pregnancy than other women, according to a new study led by researchers at Stanford Medicine.

The science behind muscle memory

Stanford Medicine researchers tracked memory formation in real time, watching how muscle memory is created.

Can we rejuvenate aging brains?

What can we all be doing in the here and now to keep our brains in shape? Stanford Medicine neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, discusses his findings in the field of cognitive rejuvenation.

Ask Me Anything: Brain health and cognition

Q&A with Sharon Sha MD, MS: Dr. Sha weighs in on how the brain controls our movements, behavior, thoughts and memories -- and how that changes when things go awry.

A Personalized Approach to Managing Migraine With Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Listen to Niushen Zhang, MD, FAHS, Division Chief of  the Stanford Headache division and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, discuss lifestyle modifications including aerobic exercise, sleep quality, behavioral therapies, nutrition and other strategies to combat migraine.

Nine Stanford scientists receive cancer research funding totaling $13 million

The funding, from Cancer Grand Challenges, will help the researchers address difficult problems in cancer prevention, treatment-resistant cancers and therapies for pediatric solid tumors.

Brain fog after COVID-19 has similarities to ‘chemo brain,’ Stanford-led study finds

Researchers found that damage to the brain’s white matter after COVID-19 resembles that seen after cancer chemotherapy, raising hope for treatments to help both conditions.

A rare mutation protects against Alzheimer's disease, Stanford-led research finds

Researchers, led by Michael Greicius, MD, MPH have discovered that a rare mutation inherited with the APOE4 gene variant protects against Alzheimer's, shedding new light on ways to counteract high-risk genes for the disease.

Q&A: How the aging immune system impacts brain health

Katrin Andreasson discusses how immune cells can cause harmful brain inflammation and contribute to the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.

Excellence in Workplace Award

Congratulations, Rebecca Miller-Kuhlmann, MD, on your Excellence in Workplace Award! This award is presented to a physician whose efforts demonstrably improves the “practice life” and satisfaction of providers in the delivery of clinical care. This individual strives to enhance work-life balance and highlights the importance of wellness and fulfillment at work.

2022 McCormick and Gabilan Faculty Awards

Congratulations, Juliet Knowles, MD, PhD, on your 2022 McCormick Faculty Award. This award was established to support the advancement of women in medicine and/or medical research directly, or by supporting the mentoring, training and encouragement of women pursuing the study of medicine, in teaching medicine, and engaging in medical research.

Covid and the brain: A neurological health crisis

Even a mild SARS-CoV-2 infection can cause inflammation that disrupts neural communication, says Stanford neurologist Michelle Monje. Her concern is that Covid-19 may leave millions dealing with cognitive problems, from a loss of mental sharpness to lapses in memory, that prevent them from returning to their previous level of function.

Young cerebrospinal fluid probably improves the conductivity of the neurons in ageing mice.

Scientists have been trying to unravel the mysteries of why memory diminishes with age for decades. Now they have discovered a possible remedy — cerebrospinal fluid from younger brains.

The brain ‘learns’ to have seizures more efficiently and frequently over time, mouse study shows

Scientific endeavor launched to combat neurodegeneration

Brains and Heart

Electrically stimulated stem cells aid stroke recovery in rodents, Stanford researchers find

Breastfeeding is Safe for Children of Women with Epilepsy on Antiseizure Medication

Small molecule lends big hope for brutal seizure disorder

Genetic atlas links Alzheimer’s with brain’s blood vessels

How to Deal With a Stress Migraine When Life Is, Well, Stressful

Love means sharing the champagne

From loss comes hope: Pediatric brain tumor treatment shows promise

NIH U19 grant award

Congratulations to Drs. Michelle Monje, Mike Lim, and Reena Thomas for their successful U19 grant award from the NIH.  In a collaborative effort with the Harvard brain tumor program, this grant will allow for the evaluation of multiple novel therapeutics for patients afflicted by glioblastoma brain tumors. The correlative studies proposed will also advance precision medicine and our scientific understanding of the disease to ultimately improve treatment of adult glioblastoma brain tumors. This grant also means that Stanford has become a member of the prestigious new National Cancer Institute “Glioblastoma Therapeutic Network”, a national clinical trial consortium for adult brain tumors that will increase the cutting edge clinical trial options for Stanford patients.

Study identifies how Epstein-Barr virus triggers multiple sclerosis

ACNS Distinction in Service Award

Congratulations, Dr. Courtney Wusthoff, the inaugural recipient of the ACNS Distinction in Service Award! This award was created by the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) to recognize a mid-career ACNS member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the field of clinical neurophysiology at the institutional or national level.

2022 ACNS Young Investigator Travel Award

Thomas Hirschauer MD, PhD, Clinical Neurophysiology/Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Fellow at Stanford, received the ACNS Young Investigator Travel Award for his work "Multimodal Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring for the Detection of Cerebral Ischemia During Carotid Endarterectomy"

Second cohort of CZ Biohub Investigators includes 33 Stanford faculty

Dr. Katrin Andreasson was selected from nearly 700 applicants as a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator. The Investigator Program, open to faculty members at Stanford University, UC San Francisco, and UC Berkeley, awards $1 million in unrestricted funds over five years to each Investigator, with the goal of building engaged, collaborative communities of Bay Area scientists to undertake creative and innovative research that will help solve the biggest challenges in biomedicine.

Blood from marathoner mice boosts brain function in their couch-potato counterparts

The ANA Q&A: Dr. Kimford J. Meador | Epilepsy

National Academy of Medicine Elects 100 New Members

New ways to prevent — or even reverse — dementia, paralysis and blindness

Opening stroke’s window

Can major surgery increase risk for Alzheimer’s disease?

Neuroscientist Michelle Monje awarded MacArthur 'genius grant'

How Tri-Valley hospital helps patients survive stroke

Stanford’s Rhiju Das, Michelle Monje and Kristy Red-Horse announced as Howard Hughes investigators

Stanford University researchers who study three-dimensional structures of biological molecules, aggressive brain cancers and how to heal diseased hearts are among 33 scientists from 21 institutions announced as new Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. The Stanford faculty members are Kristy Red-Horse, associate professor of biology at the School of Humanities and SciencesRhiju Das, associate professor of biochemistry, and Michelle Monje, associate professor of neurology.

Neurology Postdocs Recognized with Stanford Postdoc JEDI Champion Awards

Chinyere Iweka, Faculty Mentor: Katrin Andreasson
Brielle Ferguson, Faculty Mentor: John Huguenard

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center renamed for Asad Jamal, Iqbal Farrukh

Dunlevie Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education

Congratulations to Paul Graham Fisher, MD, Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences for his reappointment to another 5 year term as Dunlevie Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Fisher teaches the popular undergraduate classes “Cancer Epidemiology” and “The Human Organism” in Human Biology.  He was the Bing Director of Human Biology from 2012 through 2019.

Association of Short and Long Sleep Duration With Amyloid-β Burden and Cognition in Aging

Understanding the risks of seizure-stopping drugs in pregnancy

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

Kelley M. Skeff GME Professionalism Award

Congratulations, Nick Murray, MD for winning the inaugural Kelley M. Skeff GME Professionalism Award! This award, named in honor of Dr. Kelley Skeff (prior Stanford internal medicine residency program director and internationally known leader in education), recognizes high levels of excellence and compassion in professional behavior through collaborative work with colleagues, faculty and staff from across the institution. Congrats, Dr. Murray!

Oscar Salvatierra Award

Congratulations to Jeffrey Dunn, MD, inaugural award winner of the Oscar Salvatierra Award for Exceptional Service to Stanford medical students and the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Dunn built the Neurology clerkship into a model of national excellence and the highest rated clerkship in the SOM for more than a decade, inspiring more than a thousand medical students during his tenure.

Award for Excellence in Promotion of Diversity and Societal Citizenship

Congratulations to Reena Thomas, MD, PhD for receiving the Stanford Award for Excellence in Promotion of Diversity and Societal Citizenship. This award was established to recognize individuals that have made significant contributions to the promotion of the principles of diversity and societal citizenship at the Stanford School of Medicine. 

Robert Cowan, MD, on Sex and Race Disparities in Migraine Patients

Living a Whole Life With Half a Brain

Patient and Clinician Perspectives of New and Return Ambulatory Teleneurology Visits

Reassuring News for Women Taking Epilepsy Meds While Pregnant

Link found between cannabis and rebound headaches after migraine

Study reveals immune driver of brain aging

First Diversity Week at Stanford Medicine tackles tough topics in medical education, health care

Falling Walls Award Winner: Breaking the Wall of Brain Cancer

Administration of Dexamethasone for Bacterial Meningitis: An Unreliable Quality Measure

What to Do About Racism in Medicine? These Diversity Leaders in Neurology Chart a Course with Faculty

Researchers pinpoint brain circuitry underlying dissociative experiences

What we can learn from COVID-19 in kids

Neurologists at Stanford’s ValleyCare tackle COVID-19 using telemedicine and a passion for patient care

Stanford postdoc helps create Black in Neuro Week

Why the blood-brain barrier is really a filter, and what this means for the aging brain

These 5 numbers tell you everything you need to know about racial disparities in health care

Lessons Learned from the Rapid Launch of Video Visits

Some COVID-19 patients aren't getting better. Major medical centers are trying to figure out how to help.

National Institute on Aging awards $15 million to Stanford’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Negative Thinking Can Harm Your Brain and Increase Your Dementia Risk

Fewer stroke patients are coming to hospitals because of the coronavirus pandemic

Neurologist: The brain is complicated, largely unknown

15 Stanford faculty members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Keeping Communication a Priority during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Longevity Gene May Protect against a Notorious Alzheimer’s Risk Gene

Exercise restores youthful properties to muscle stem cells of old mice

New brain implant device could record activity in thousands of neurons

Stanford community gathers resources in support of COVID-19 testing

Old human cells rejuvenated with stem cell technology

Residents are still mastering medicine. But can they fix health care problems too?

Neurology care at Stanford inspired patient to return as a nurse

Eponyms are here to stay

Suspicion: Why are virus-targeting immune cells sniffing around Alzheimer’s patients’ brains?

Think fast: 5 things you can do to improve your memory right now

Blood protein signatures change across lifespan

Epileptic High-Frequency Oscillations Disrupt Cognition in Human Brain

Stanford scientists reliably predict people’s age by measuring proteins in blood

Digital health trial uses AI for better epilepsy treatment decisions

Scientists find promising drug combination against lethal childhood brain cancers

Stanford neuro-oncologist Michelle Monje teamed up with Craig Thomas at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and Kathy Warren from NCI (now at DFCI) to perform high-throughput drug screening of patient-derived cultures of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, the leading cause of brain tumor-related death in children. The study, led by MD PhD student and future neurologist Grant L. Lin, uncovered a promising two-drug combination that shows benefit in preclinical studies and will advance to clinical trial soon. The mechanism of drug-drug synergy was determined to be metabolic collapse, highlighting a key avenue for future strategies in this lethal childhood brain cancer. Stanford neurologist Kati Andreasson’s lab contributed importantly to the metabolic mechanistic studies.

Think You’re at Risk of Dementia? Here’s What You Should Know

Stanford neurology joins new ‘team science’ complex for brain research and molecular discovery

ROSA(tm) and Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery May Cure Epilepsy

Study aims to learn more about silent infarction, cognitive decline linked to silent stroke

Study shows why even well-controlled epilepsy can disrupt thinking

Jin Hyung Lee receives 2019 NIH Director's Pioneer Award

Stanford Stroke Center beats national stroke treatment times

Vascular Dementia Treatment: How Lifestyle Changes Are Key to Prevention

Brain tumors form synapses with healthy neurons, Stanford-led study finds

Project BIG: The Stanford Brain Immune Gut Initiative

Understanding Barriers to Effective Goals of Care Discussions

Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness Task Force Appointments Announced

Drugs for Parkinson’s, Depression Can Raise Dementia Risk By 50%

Stanford Program Takes 3-Pronged Approach to Burnout: Education, Mentorship, and Community-Building

New hope for treating childhood brain cancer

Scientists shrink stroke damage in mice by calming immune cells outside brain

Spirit, Inspiring Change award winners announced

New Stanford Hospital nearing completion

Blocking protein curbs memory loss in old mice

Time: The huge game changer for treatment of stroke, a podcast

Breadth of student research showcased at annual symposium

Variability in Prion Disease–Related Safety Policies

Stanford, Georgia Tech researchers build a glove to treat symptoms of stroke

Blocking protein’s activity restores cognition in old mice

What Is REM Sleep Behavior Disorder?

Stanford Radio: Cancer therapy's impact on cognitive function

Want to Become a Full-Time Neurohospitalist? Where the Training Opportunities Are Available

Immune profile two days after stroke predicts dementia a year later

What It’s Like to Be So Sleep Deprived That You Hallucinate

Helping a child's brain to heal

Capturing the brain’s learning and recall motor in silicon

Sleep and Circadian Alterations in Parkinson's: Understanding the Source for Smarter Treatment

‘Chemo brain’ caused by malfunction in three types of brain cells

Is zinc the link to how we think? Some evidence, and a word of warning

5 Questions: What parents should know about poliolike illness

When It Matters Most: Bicyclist Finds New "Roads" to Conquer After Traumatic Brain Injury

Tony Wyss-Coray Honored by Time Magazine

New Institute Series Highlights Experiences of Faculty Researchers

With significant philanthropic investments, Stanford makes major leap forward in the neurosciences

“Mitotic catastrophe” describes how aged muscle stem cells die, and provides clues to keeping them healthy

Michelle Monje receives 2018 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

A chance encounter between a Packard Children’s NICU nurse and her former patient

Scientists engineer way to prevent immune response to gene therapy in mice

5 Questions: Robert Fisher on deep-brain stimulation for drug-resistant epilepsy

Nicotine mimics may have therapeutic effect on inflammatory diseases

Parkinson’s patients and researchers exchange stories through initiative created by Stanford PhD student

Teens shouldn’t use medical marijuana, but the plant’s active compounds have select uses, debaters agree

Medical students showcase research accomplishments

Resident/Fellow Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Symposium

New Survey Reveals Gaps in Institutional Prion Safety Policy

Mom’s fundraising helps advance research into deadly brain tumor

Doctors use robotic assistant to detect source of girl’s seizures