Stanford University School of Medicine

At Stanford University School of Medicine, one of our major goals is to translate research insights into practical advances that enhance and prolong life. We foster a two-way transfer of knowledge between research laboratories and patient-care settings. Our faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students engage in interdisciplinary efforts to turn this knowledge into therapies that treat or prevent disease.

In 2001-2002, the Stanford University Medical Center community - a diverse group of department chairs, senior faculty members, administrators and students - came together in a series of events to reflect and share ideas, all focused on a strategic plan for a bright future. The interaction culminated in a renewed vision of the Stanford University Medical Center as a place for collaboration and discovery, and it laid the groundwork to make that vision become a reality.

The transformation of Stanford's plan of action was inspired by a revolution in the biosciences. Previously unthinkable achievements, such as the sequencing of the human genome, and breakthrough discoveries have helped scientists in once distant fields recognize the benefits of working together. The synergistic effect of this kind of multi-disciplinary exchange makes future prospects for discovery appear almost limitless. And the most promising research today - certain to yield dramatic improvements in human health in the 21st century - lies at the interstices between disciplines.

Faculty members of the School of Medicine receive grants and contracts (almost $245 million total in 2001) in support of research, teaching and patient care. The combination of scientists who pursue basic research questions and clinicians closely involved in patient care leads to innovative, fruitful collaboration. Similarly, close ties between the medical school and other schools and departments at Stanford University have led to unique joint research programs.

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Cream May Ward Off Jellyfish Stings
01 Jun 04 | Two dozen volunteers bravely exposed their arms to jellyfish tentacles as part of a new Stanford University School of Medicine study to test a topical, over-the-counter cream designed to protect against stinging nettles.

Is Canada the answer to skyrocketing drug costs? Stanford forum seeks answers
20 May 04 | The skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs has prompted some senior citizens to look for alternate sources, including Canada. Some states also have turned to our northern neighbor as a source for prescription medications to help cut the price tag.

One combination of AIDS drugs appears better for starting treatment
10 Dec 03 | While all of the anti-HIV drug combinations studied were effective, patients who started therapy with a combination of zidovudine (ZDV, also known as AZT), lamivudine (3TC) and efavirenz (EFV) were successfully treated for a longer period of time.

Binge eating is focus of Stanford study; Research volunteers needed
09 Dec 03 | Gorging oneself with turkey and Christmas cookies may be an annual ritual for some, but for millions of Americans overeating extends well beyond the holidays. People have said that Thanksgiving is just for amateurs real binging happens every day.

Costello to lead Stanford School of Medicine communication efforts
01 Dec 03 | Paul Costello has been named chief of Communication & Public Affairs at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Philip Pizzo, MD, dean of the medical school, announced today. Costello will join Stanford Jan. 7, 2004.

Age-related muscle loss linked to protein interplay, says Stanford researcher
27 Nov 03 | Any older athlete can attest that aging muscles don't heal as fast as youthful ones. Now researchers at Stanford have found a molecular link between older muscles and slow healing. This work could lead to ways of preventing muscle atrophy.

Stanford research shows how living cells retain memories
26 Nov 03 | Researchers at the Stanford have shown for the first time how a living cell turns a fleeting chemical signal into a permanent memory. Among other things, the process ensures that once a cell matures into an egg it won't unexpectedly revert back.

Hassle-free stroke prevention offered by new drug, says Stanford researcher
20 Nov 03 | People who take a commonly prescribed yet problematic drug called Coumadin to prevent stroke or blood clots may soon have a hassle-free alternative, according to research at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Anti-inflammatory drugs speed brain recovery in Stanford animal study
13 Nov 03 | Inflammation may be the culprit in the brain's inability to recover from damage, according to researchers. Their work in rats suggests that common anti-inflammatory drugs related to ibuprofen may help the brain heal after injury or radiation therapy.

New pathway discovered at Stanford provides insight into heart disease
12 Nov 03 | A new signaling pathway appears to play a critical role in the development of heart disease, according to researchers. Now that this marker of cardiac dysfunction has been identified, it could lead to better diagnosis of heart problems.

Automatic CPR device dramatically improves cardiac arrest survival in Stanford animal study
07 Nov 03 | A small, portable device greatly increases the chance of surviving sudden cardiac death by restoring blood pressure better than conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to a Stanford University School of Medicine animal study.

Sleep apnea, depression linked in Stanford study
06 Nov 03 | People with depression are five times more likely to have a breathing-related sleep disorder than non-depressed people, according to a new study. The study is the first to show a link between depression and sleep apnea and its related disorders.



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