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Brave new brain: Special report on the cutting-edge research in neuroscience

Fall issue of med school magazine

Neuroscience is getting downright personal these days. One of the hottest areas of study is cognitive neuroscience, which sets out to answer questions about thinking and feeling. Are you in love? Did you just tell a lie? Cognitive neuroscientists say it won't be long before a brain scan will be able to reveal our secrets.

The new issue of Stanford Medicine magazine gets inside your head with articles about the science and ethics of exploring the mind. A special report on the "brave new brain" alerts readers to the implications of advances in neuroscience.

The field holds great promise not only for treating disease but also for expanding our understanding of human nature. Yet the power of neuroscience to invade our privacy and alter how we see ourselves demands that researchers tread cautiously.

Among the contents in the special report are:

  • Introspection on having brain surgery from Pulitzer-winning writer Jimmy Breslin.
  • Excerpts from the Dalai Lama's discussion on Buddhism and neuroscience with the director of Stanford's Neuroscience Institute, William Mobley, MD, PhD.
  • The latest research on pain. Stanford scientists explain: It's all in your head.
  • Tips on preparing the mind for learning.
  • A report on attempts to heal stroke damage by injecting neurons into the brain, featuring the work of neurosurgery professor Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD.
  • The issue also offers medical center news, research updates, an alumni profile and an in-depth look at a tool that revolutionized research and is starting to make an impact in patient care—the DNA microarray, invented by biochemistry professor Patrick Brown, MD, PhD.

    Look for the magazines in departmental offices and online at http://mednews.stanford.edu/stanmed/2005fall/. To obtain copies, please send e-mail to sharknes@stanford.edu.