Exploring the essence of life

Beyond the bench

Surprising and sometimes strange biology fuels the future of medicine

Life in a lab volumehigh

Plans, dreams and day-to-day work for a team studying the sense of touch

Bound for discovery

New Stanford medical school curriculum gives more flexibility and incentives for long-term research

The scientist volumehigh

A conversation with NIH director Francis Collins



Upfront is a quick look at the latest developments from Stanford Medicine

Evolutionary jump-start

Unstable stretches of DNA serve as hotspots for rapid genetic mutations in the skeletal development of three-spined stickleback fish.

Gunshot wound setbacks

Readmissions account for $86 million of the $911 million spent yearly on gun-injury hospitalizations, according to analysis by Stanford researchers.

Power play

Scientists have developed an algorithm that can quickly detect 14 types of disease by scanning hundreds of chest X-rays in a matter of seconds.

Opioid-free relief

People who have physical therapy soon after a diagnosis for shoulder, back and other musculoskeletal pain are less likely to use opioids, an analysis shows.

Lingering heart risks

People born with heart defects have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease as adults and should be monitored more carefully than previously thought.

Neutralizing pain

Researchers who identified the brain cells in mice that make pain unpleasant hope the discovery could lead to treatments for chronic pain patients.

Social eating

Researchers have identified a brain-circuitry link between how much food mice consume and social interactions, which could lead to treatments for people with anorexia.

Smooth operation

Knowing the genetic makeup of tissue that forms around organs after surgery could help prevent the painful adhesions.

Letter From the Dean

Unlocking the secrets of human biology

Closing gaps in our understanding of the human body is central to Stanford Medicine’s precision health vision, Dean Lloyd Minor says.


A legacy of trauma

In an excerpt from her book ‘The Unspeakable Mind,’ Shaili Jain shares what’s she’s learned about the legacy of trauma in our lives, and about how to treat people with PTSD.


A second chance at life

Two young brothers beat the odds against successful stem cell transplants to halt the symptoms of a rare genetic disease called IPEX syndrome.

In Brief

Animal magnetism

Scientists find neurons in mice that hard-wire their brains to recognize the sex of strangers.

The Backstory

Positively healing

Peanut allergy treatments work better in children and teens who believe symptoms are a sign that it’s working.

In Brief

X marks the spot

Having rewarding experiences in a location helps our brain’s navigation system return to that spot, research shows.