Press Releases

  • Irving Weissman honored for stem cell, cancer work

    Weissman and Johns Hopkins’ Bert Vogelstein will share the 2019 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research for discoveries in stem cell and cancer biology.


  • Scientists boost neuron recovery in rats

    Stanford researchers blocked a molecule to help restore neurons in rats in which the flow of fresh blood to the brain was reduced. The approach could lead to new treatments for people who have suffered a stroke or cardiac arrest.


  • Tiny microbial proteins may affect human health

    The bacteria in and on our bodies make thousands of tiny, previously unidentified proteins that could shed light on human health and advance drug development, Stanford researchers have found.


  • Gel reduces post-surgery scar tissue

    Applying a gel to internal tissues of animals after cardiac surgery significantly limits the formation of adhesions, a problematic form of scar tissue, Stanford researchers have found.


  • Forgotten immune cells slow MS in mice

    Stanford researchers have identified immune cells that help reduce the severity of a disease in mice akin to multiple sclerosis. These cells could one day be useful therapeutic targets in treating autoimmune diseases.


  • Motivating kids with autism to speak

    Tapping the interests and motivations of children with autism can help them understand the value of speaking and build their social skills, a new Stanford study found.


  • No chemo for some with leukemia

    A large multicenter clinical trial led by Stanford physician Tait Shanafelt, MD, indicates that people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia may forgo chemotherapy in favor of new, targeted treatments.


  • New ‘don’t eat me’ signal discovered

    Cancer cells are known to protect themselves using proteins that tell immune cells not to attack them. Stanford researchers have discovered a new “don’t eat me” signal, and blocking it may make cancer cells vulnerable to attack by the immune system.


  • Shape-shifting cells protect in artery disease

    Stanford scientists and their collaborators have discovered the protective role played by identity-morphing cells — and the gene behind them — in atherosclerosis, according to a new study.


  • Genetics of protein aggregates in ALS

    Stanford researchers identified a gene crucial to the formation of toxic proteins in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and showed how it could inform potential therapies for the disease.



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