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Stanford News, June 23, 2015

Building a Brain

Computers will one day match our own mental agility; learning, navigating and performing complex interactions all on scant power. But getting to that point will require neuroscientists and engineers to reverse engineer our least understood organ—the brain.
Stanford Medicine News, May 26, 2015

For big data to help patients, sharing health information is key, experts say

“It shouldn’t just be that you just give up your career to do a good thing,” said Brian Wandell, PhD, professor of psychology. “We need to find ways of giving credit to young researchers who’ve compiled huge data sets — for example, letting those researchers retain user rights for their primary data.”
The Scientist, November 20, 2014

Brain Structure Rediscovered

First described in the late 19th century, then lost from the literature for more than 100 years, the vertical occipital fasciculus appears to be important in visual processing.
Stanford Report, November 20, 2014

A brain-imaging discovery by Stanford scientists resolves a century-old argument

Results from a brain-imaging study led scientists into a medical mystery going back to 1881, involving a disputed brain pathway discovered by one scientist and ignored by others. The team rediscovered the pathway's original publication in texts in the basement of Lane Medical Library and traced the structure's contentious scientific history.

KNOW.ORG, November 17, 2014

Scientists Discover Secret Corridor Of Brain, Lost For 100 Years

The first schematics of this lost part of the brain in monkey and human. Researchers today have found that this area, called the vertical occipital fasciculus, stems from the brain's visual processing system.

Stanford Report, September 17, 2014

Stanford scientists track the rise and fall of brain volume throughout life

Stanford scientists have shown how the brain changes throughout life, and created a standard curve that can be used to assess whether patients are maturing and aging normally. This resource could help diagnose or monitor people with mental health conditions, learning delays or other diseases.

Stanford Report, September 10, 2014

Stanford scientists map white matter connections within the human brain

Roughly 100 trillion connections between neurons make it possible for the brain to function. Psychology Professor Brian Wandell's group has devised a technique for mapping these connections with greater accuracy than ever before.

Stanford Report, November 4, 2013

Quantity, not just quality, in new Stanford brain scan method

Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to quantify brain tissue volume, a critical measurement of the progression of multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

Reuters News, Tuesday, 25 Dec, 2012

Brain scans predict child’s reading ability

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a method to predict a child's ability to learn to read. By studying MRI scans to track brain development, the researchers say they can identify struggling students earlier and offer the help they need to improve. Ben Gruber reports.

Stanford Report, October 10, 2012

Brain scans can predict children's reading ability, Stanford researchers say

New research can identify the neural structures associated with poor reading skills in young children, and could lead to an early warning system for struggling students.

Nature News, October 8, 2012

Brain connectivity predicts reading skills

Children could benefit from personalized lessons based on brain scans. The growth pattern of long-range connections in the brain predicts how a child’s reading skills will develop...

Education Week, October 8, 2012

Brain Scientists Seek Developmental Sweet Spot for Learning to Read

Could a brain scan one day be added to the normal developmental measures children receive at the pediatrician's office before starting school?

Stanford Report, September 14, 2011

Stanford researchers show that there's more than one way to read - with implications for reading disorders

Motion, not just the black-and-white contrast of the printed word, can help us recognize words, and thus to read.

Stanford Report, March 18, 2010

From volcanoes to cancer cures, stimulus funds support a wide range of research at Stanford

The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has received the lion's share of recovery act awards, with $90.2 million in funding, followed by the School of Medicine, with $63.1 million, and the School of Humanities and Sciences, with $20.1 million.

KQED - Quest Audio Report, March 1, 2010

Teaching the Brain To See

Thanks to stem cells and other cutting-edge technologies, doctors hope they may one day be able to restore sight to people who were born without it, or lost it, later in life. But a rare case here in the Bay Area suggests that curing blindness may be more than meets the eye.

Stanford Report, January 13, 2010

Stanford scientists link brain development to chances of recovering vision after blindness

Mike May lost his vision when he was 3, just as his brain was learning how to interpret images. Had his blindness happened when he was older and his brain was more formed, he might have had a better chance of seeing again after eye surgery.

KQED - Quest Report, September 18, 2007

Watching the Brain at Work: MRIs and Beyond

The human brain was once a black box, but scientists are finding ways to peer inside and explore some of our most complicated thought processes. Using MRI scanners in innovative ways, Stanford scientists are learning how children's brains process words when they read.