Research

Worms and plants could help reveal how neurological drugs work

Humans have relied on plants for millennia to treat a variety of neurological ailments. Now, researchers are using microscopic worms to better understand how plant molecules shape behavior – and perhaps develop better new drugs.

Predicting, preventing preterm births

Stanford’s top obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists, microbiologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, health policy experts and bioengineers are investigating the basic science of preterm birth. Aiming to predict and prevent many preterm births, their goal is to help more babies arrive safely.

At Stanford 2018: The year in review

A look back at the year that included distinguished visitors, prestigious awards, athletic wins, research advancements, a thriving arts scene and more.

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Using ultrasound to release drug

Stanford researchers used focused ultrasound to pry molecules of an anesthetic loose from nanoparticles. The drug’s release modified activity in brain regions targeted by the ultrasound beam.

Beyond the classroom

Each year about 1,000 Stanford undergraduates work closely with faculty mentors on research ranging from engineering and medicine to the humanities, fine arts and social sciences.