Stanford Neuroscience Journal Club

Teaching Kids How to Read and Interpret Scientific Publications

Scientific publications remain the key mechanism for scientists to communicate the results of their original scientific research and findings to the field of medicine.  The Stanford Neuroscience Journal Club was initiated by faculty members, Dr. Odette Harris in the Department of Neurosurgery and Dr. Reena Thomas in the Department of Neurology.  The intent of this group is to mentor high-school scientists in the critical analysis of a scientific paper and encourage participants to consider a career in the Neurosciences. Our once-per-month meetings offer students an opportunity to read and discuss scientific literature and newsworthy developments in the field of neuroscience in a low-pressure environment, with expert Stanford scientists. There are no coursework prerequisites for participation, just a curiosity for science and a desire to learn how to understand scientific literature. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • SCHOOLS: Please submit a roster with names, year of birth, and contact information for all participating students, to Stanford University.
  • PARENTS: Parents/Guardians of participating students will be asked to sign an Assumption of Risk document to participate in on-campus activities, and an emergency contact sheet for reference in the case of an emergency.

Note: Students are not required to attend a participating school to be eligible to participate in the program. 


2021-2022 Meetings

*Tentative Schedule, Some Dates Subject to Change

*Until further notice, meetings are taking place via Zoom

All meetings will take place at 4:00PM at the Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Palo Alto. Parking is available at 800 Welch Road, Palo Alto. Students are expected to attend these meetings as an important part of their participation in the Club. 

  • September 14th, 2021
  • October 12th, 2021
  • November 9th, 2021
  • December 14th, 2021
  • January 11th, 2022
  • February 8th, 2022
  • March 8th, 2022
  • April 5th, 2022
  • May 10th, 2022

Our Team

Odette Harris, MD, MPH
Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain Injury
Department of Neurosurgery

Dr. Odette Harris specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and conducts TBI research with a focus on epidemiology and outcomes. Dr. Harris serves in leadership positions at both Stanford and the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

Reena P. Thomas, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Director, Adult Neuro Oncology Fellowship
Division of Neuro Oncology
Department of Neurology

Dr. Reena Thomas specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. Her research focuses on immune based cancer therapies and chemokine signaling in-, and advanced imaging studies of glioblastoma.