"My little image is there's a cat going under a fence…if you could just grab his tail and get him back, then you got it." —William Dement, MD, PhD, the Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, on trying to recall a dream before it slips away. KPIX-TV, April 25.
"It has some promise, and there's a lot of interest in the surgical community, a lot of attention being paid to it as a wave of the future." —Myriam Curet, MD, professor of surgery, on an experimental technique in which a woman's gallbladder was recently removed with instruments passed through her vagina. The procedure is part of a trend to make surgery less invasive. New York Times, April 20.
"I don't think we will ever be able to turn to neuroimaging to say for sure if someone will do something. Plus, we'd have to pick who gets the test...What does it mean to profile somebody that way?" —Judy Illes, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Program in Neuroethics in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, on the difficulty of predicting violent behavior. The article focused on Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 33 people at Virginia Tech. San Francisco Chronicle, April 22.
"Where is the borderline between a woman's health being at risk and her life being at risk? How is it made and how quickly is it made? When we're doing a procedure, we don't have a lot of time to find out whether someone thinks we're crossing a line." —Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, on the Supreme Court's decision to outlaw a type of abortion. New York Times, April 21.
"Thanks to the PS3, we have performed simulations in the first few weeks that would normally take us more than a year to calculate." —Vijay Pande, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and, by courtesy, of structural biology, on the huge response to Folding@home, a program where Sony's PlayStation 3 consoles can be used to analyze data to help in the search for cures for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. CNET.com, April 26.
"For every Asian and Pacific Islander American living in the United States, be sure, be tested, be hepatitis B free." —Samuel So, MD, reciting the motto of San Francisco's campaign to screen, vaccinate and treat the city's Asian and Pacific Island population for hepatitis B, which is prevalent in Asian-American communities. KPIX-TV, April 26.