Mignot wins life sciences Breakthrough Prize
The Stanford Medicine sleep researcher is honored for discovering the role of orexins in narcolepsy and paving the way to new sleep disorder therapies.
Deisseroth to receive Horwitz Prize
The Stanford psychiatrist, neuroscientist and engineer is honored for developing a technology that lets researchers pinpoint the functions — and malfunctions — of specific brain circuits.
Blood sugar control helps teens’ brains
Diabetes treatment technology improved teenagers’ blood sugar levels and benefited their brain structure and function, according to a study led by Stanford Medicine researchers.
COVID-19 brain fog similar to chemo brain
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.
Rare mutation protects against Alzheimer's
Researchers 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.
Refining law on the definition of death
Experts propose revising the legal and medical standard on declaring someone dead based on respiratory function and likelihood of consciousness rather than cessation of brain function.
Brain plasticity leads to worse seizures
A brain mechanism needed for learning explains why epileptic seizures become more frequent, but a finding in rodents offers hope for treatment, according to a new study.
Teens’ brains tuned to unfamiliar voices
Around age 13, kids’ brains shift from focusing on their mothers’ voices to favor new voices, part of the biological signal driving teens to separate from their parents, a Stanford Medicine study has found.
Neurobiologist Denis Baylor dies at 82
Baylor, former chair of the Department of Neurobiology, gained international recognition for discovering the electrical language used by the retina to translate light from the outside world into signals that the brain reads.
Electric current aids stroke recovery
Stanford scientists have developed a device that delivers and electrically stimulates stem cells to promote stroke healing.
Hyperexcitable neurons drive sleep instability
Researchers have identified a mechanism underlying fragmented sleep with older age, paving the way for potential drug therapies.
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