Unlocking the secrets of the brain

Making a comeback

New ways to prevent — or even reverse — dementia, paralysis and blindness

Brains on brains

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute draws researchers together to explore the mind



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

Mighty mouse

New research shows that blocking the activity of one age-related protein could help rejuvenate muscles in aging mice.

Disease blueprints

A new service enables patients to look into their genome to identify the genetics behind certain medical conditions and potential treatments.

Herniated disc relief

Device developed based on years of Stanford Medicine research helps prevent spinal disc reherniation.

Scar-free healing

Researchers uncover the physiological and genetic reasons behind why we scar and find a drug that, when applied to surgical wounds in mice, blocks scar formation.

Nitrate risk in pregnancy

Pregnant women in California who are exposed to nitrate in their drinking water, even when levels are below the legal limit, have an increased risk of pre-term birth.

COVID-brain clues

A Stanford study of autopsied brains of COVID-19 patients revealed extensive inflammation and neurodegeneration, explaining why many patients experienced neurological problems.

Children’s vaccine trials

Stanford Medicine is participating in clinical trials to evaluate the response of children under 12 to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Pandemic hits Latinos hard

More Latinos in California have had COVID-19 exposure and become sick or died from the disease than have non-Hispanic white people in the state, a Stanford-led study shows.

Letter From the Dean

Opening our black box

With every new discovery about the brain, Stanford Medicine is advancing our ability to restore function, fight disease and improve quality of life, Dean Lloyd Minor says.


How synthetic biology could save us

Drew Endy, PhD, a bioengineer at Stanford University, believes that solving civilization’s most vexing challenges depends on harnessing “bioengineering to flourish in partnership with nature.”

In Brief

The case of the vanishing brain tumor

A neurosurgeon’s observation of tumors that “melt away” after treatment with an immunotherapy drug could lead to a new way forward for brain cancer patients.

In Brief

Call it mindwriting

Computer chips implanted into the brain of a man with severe paralysis convert his thoughts into handwriting that displays on computer screen.