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$3.5 million Awarded to Scientist for High-Risk, High-Reward Research

Jin Hyung Lee, PhD, received the prestigious NIH Director's Pioneer Award  - a grant to study the use of innovative technology to analyze brain circuitry.

Scientists Find Potential Diagnostic Tool, Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

In a new study led by Xinnan Wang, MD, PhD, investigators identified a molecular defect that seems almost universal among patients with Parkinson’s disease and those at a high risk of acquiring it.

Mild Head Trauma Can Damage Brain's Protective Barrier, Study Finds

A new study co-authored by Dr. Gerald Grant finds preliminary evidence of damage to the brain’s protective barrier in adolescent and adult athletes even if they did not report a concussion.

Researchers Studying Links Between Cardiovascular Health and Dementia

Stanford researcher Dr. Marion Buckwalter, discusses vascular dementia, its link to Alzheimers Disease, and lifestyle changes that may prevent the disease. 

Stanford Clinical Associate Professor Talks Neuralink

Maheen Adamson, PhD, clinical associate professor of neurosurgery and psychiatry and behavioral sciences, spoke with The Stanford Daily about Neuralink - Elon Musk’s venture into the health care industry.

What Type of Concussion is it? 

Stanford neurosurgeon, Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, was part of a national collaboration of concussion expderts that recently identified and published the first-ever concussion sub-types guidelines.

Concussion Researchers Publish Groundbreaking Manuscript

A national team of researchers,  including Neurosurgeon  Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, have for the first time provided evidence-based guidelines for concussion classification.  

One Bicycle Crash and Six Years of Recovery

Just days after moving to the Bay Area, Anthony Macchio-Young underwent emergency neurosurgery at Stanford for a severe traumatic brain injury. Neurosurgeon Dr. Odette Harris was on call that night and saved Macchio-Young's life.

How Does Radiation in Space Affect the Brain?

A Q&A with professor of neurosurgery and neurosciences Ivan Soltesz, PhD, discusses Soltesz' new study investigating how chronic, space-like irradiation impacts the brain function of mice. 

Shocking the Brain to Treat the Stomach

A new clinical trial led by Dr. Casey Halpern, will zap the brain’s reward center to help people who struggle with obesity and binge eating.

Immigration Exhibit Features Stanford Neurosurgeon

Dr. Odette Harris shares her immigration story in Immigrants Are US, a new traveling photography exhibit featuring over 100 Bay Area immigrants, including several Stanford Medicine faculty. 

NeuroPace Epilepsy Tech to be Studied for Binge Eating

A new five-year study conducted at Stanford and funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, will examine the efficacy of NeuroPace's epilepsy neuromodulation technology in treating binge-eating disorder in certain patients.

TeachAids Thanks Dr. Gary Steinberg

TeachAids for Concussions extends gratitude to Department Chair, Dr. Gary Steinberg, for his guidance and support in the development of new components for thhe organization's CrashCourse initiative.

Stanford Neurosurgeon on How Compassion Helps Healing

Dr. James Doty, neurosurgeon at Stanford University and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, discusses the role of compassion in healing.

Tomorrow's Surgeons Are Learning Through Virtual Reality

Stanford Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center manager, Malie K. Collins discusses how virtual reality is being used at Stanford's Neurosurgery Department.

Researchers Awarded MURI Grant to Build A Cyberoctopus

Stanford professor of neurosurgery, Ivan Soltesz, PhD, is participating in a $7.5 million, multidisciplinary, multi-university project focused on studying the brain and body of octopuses and other cephalopods.

Concussion Advice for Young Athletes

In preparation for summer sports, pedaitric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, discusses concussion prevention and treatment for kids and parents. 

New AI Tool to Help Detect Brain Aneurysms

Stanford researchers, including neurosurgeon, Dr. Thomas J. Wilson,  improved their diagnoses of brain aneurysms with the help of an artificial intelligence algorithm developed at Stanford. 

Waterloo Woman Survives Complications of Rare Disease

An Iowa woman, Anna Smith suffered multiple strokes caused by Moyamoya, and was flown to Stanford for two brain surgeries performed by Dr. Gary Steinberg. Her experience has inspired her to fundraise and increase stroke and Moyamoya awareness. 

Stanford Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Selected a 2019 Beckman Young Investigator

Brad Zuchero, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, was selected a 2019 Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Dr. Zuchero's award will support his research project "Elucidating new roles of myelin in plasticity, learning, and disease."

WoVen Podcast: Breaking ground (and battling bias) in brain surgery

In this Women of Venture podcast Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr. Odette Harris, discusses her career path and the challenges associated with being an under-represented minority in the field of medicine and in neurosurgery.

Radio Interview: Pediatric Neurosurgeon Discusses Work in North Korea

Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Dr. David Hong, has been regularly visiting North Korea since 2015, providing medical care and training. In this radio interview conducted in South Korea, Dr. Hong discusses his work and why he chooses to continually return to North Korea.

Hadlee’s Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) Story

Stanford Children's documents the story of a little girl from a small town in Wyoming who was successfully treated for TSC by Stanford pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, and neurosurgery resident Dr. Jonathon Parker

3-Year-Old Boy Treated for Moyamoya at Stanford after Months of Misdiagnosis

Cash Lee was misdiagnosed after suffering two strokes and endured months of unnecessary medical treatment. With the help of virtual reality, Stanford neurosurgeon Dr. Gary Steinberg, correctly diagnosed and treated Lee .

Lower Back or Leg Pain? Waiting Before Imaging Could Save Millions

A new Stanford study led by neurosurgeon Dr. John Ratliff has found that patients with lower back pain undergo imaging unnecessarily and it's costing us half a billion dollars annually.

The Birth-Tissue Profiteers

A Pro-Publica investigative piece takes a look at how well-meaning donations end up fueling an unproven, virtually unregulated $2 billion stem cell industry. Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Steinberg, is quoted.

Stroke Google Search Leads Woman to Find Her Soulmate

Stanford patient, Moyamoya survivor and awareness advocate, Tara MacInnes, was searching for stories about coast guards who survived a stroke. The search led her to Sean, then they fell in love.

Former 49er Steve Young Addresses Head Injury at Stanford Concussion Summit

Former San Francisco quarterback and Hall of Famer Steve Young attended the Stanford Sports Concussion Summit to share stories from the football field, his concussions and the medical decisions that followed.

Local Mother of 5 Raising Moyamoya Awareness

Janet Dominguez was in her mid-50s when she was first diagnosed with moyamoya disease. She is now spending her time and energy advocating for moyamoya awarenss, including hosting a fundraiser in her hometown. 

Using Electrical Implant to Aid Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

A pilot study led by Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Jaimie Henderson, showed promising results of using an electrical implant in the thalamus to restore near-normal levels of brain function to a woman who suffered severe brain injury in a car accident 18 years ago. 

Physicians Exploring New Approaches to Glioblastoma

Pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Gerald Grant, provides comment about the challenges of treating glioblastoma and how crossing the blood-brain barrier with use of omentum surgery may help overcome these challenges. 

After 4 Strokes, Rare Disease and Brain Surgery, Woman Helps Others

Lisa Deck survived 3 strokes in her 20's. When a fourth stroke led to a Moyamoya diagnosis, Deck came to Stanford for two brain surgeries. Deck is now a Go Red for Women national spokeswoman.

Stanford Neurosurgeons Comment on Actress's Aneurysm Experience

Game of Thrones Actress, Emilia Clarke, chose to share her experience surviving two aneurysms in her 20s publicly. Stanford neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Steinberg, and neuroradiologist, Dr. Jeremy Heit, provide comment on Clarke's experience and general information about the condition.

Stanford Researchers Outline Role of a Deep Brain Structure in Concussion

In a new Stanford study co-authored by Dr. Gerald Grant, researchers have gathered evidence to suggest that impacts to the side of the head may cause concussion symptoms through damage to the corpus callosum.

Immune Profile Two Days After Stroke Predicts Dementia a Year Later

A new Stanford study, led by Dr. Marion Buckwalter, finds that transient changes in the numbers and activation levels of a handful of circulating immune cell types can predict the likelihood of dementia one year after a stroke.

Pediatric Neurosurgeon Offers Novel, Less Invasive Treatment for Seizures

After several years of suffering from seizures caused by tuberous sclerosis, Dr. Gerald Grant was able to offer Molly a less invasive procedure to remove the brain tumor causing her seizures.

Stanford Neurospine Surgeons Predict Future of Spine Surgery

What will spine surgery be like in 2050? Several Stanford neurospine surgeons looked into a crystal ball and made predictions about the healthcare system, medical technology and patient experience of the future.

Researchers Discover Brain Cells Responsible for Making Pain Unpleasant

A team of Stanford scientists, led by Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Gregory Scherrer, PhD, have identified a bundle of brain cells in mice responsible for the emotional experience of pain. 

Stanford Neurosurgery Resident Featured in NREF Success Story

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation featured Stanford Neurosurgery resident Dr. Arjun Pendharkar, and his developing career, as an exceptional example of the the NREF's fellowship program.

Virtual Reality Gets Real in the Operating Room

Fortune Magazine features Dr. Gary Steinberg's use of virtual reality to prepare for, and operate on a patient with an arteriovenous malformation.