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Stanford researchers develop a method to watch as neurons fire without invasive electrodes or chemical modifications

December 12, 2018 | Stanford News

Brain scientists have plenty of ways to track the activity of individual neurons in the brain, but they’re all invasive. Now, Stanford researchers have found a way to literally watch neurons fire – no electrodes or chemical modifications required.

A nanoparticle opens new windows into neuroscience and biology

August 7, 2018 | Scope

Any thought you’ve ever had, any motion you’ve ever made, any twinge of pain you’ve ever felt is the result, in part, of neurons in the brain and throughout your body sending chemical signals from one to the next. Now, Stanford scientists are a step closer to actually watching those signals as they take shape inside individual neurons — and watching lots of other previously hidden biological processes, too.

Karl Deisseroth wins Kyoto Prize for seminal role in creation, use of optogenetics

June 14, 2018 | Stanford Medicine News

The award, which includes a gift of 100 million yen (about $913,000), recognizes the neuroscientist for pioneering and advancing a technology for studying brain circuits.

Stanford-led international collaboration discovered an elusive neutron star

June 1, 2018 | Stanford News

Two of the most powerful telescopes in the world worked together to find the faintest millisecond pulsar ever discovered. The collaboration between the Fermi Large Area Telescope and China’s FAST radio telescope was spearheaded by Stanford physicist Peter Michelson.

Tiny, light-sensitive chips could one day restore sight to the blind

April 18, 2018 | Stanford News

Millions of people are slowly losing their vision to diseases of the retina, such as age-related macular degeneration. Now, a device more than a decade in the making by Professor Daniel Palanker's group may help some of them see again.

Mental rehearsal prepares our minds for real-world action

February 22, 2018 | Stanford Medicine News

Mentally running through a routine improves performance, but how that works isn’t clear. Now, a new tool — brain-machine interface — suggests the answer lies in how our brains prepare for action.

A Stanford Neuroscientist is Working to Create Wireless Cyborg Eyes for the Blind

September 15, 2017 | Futurism

Stanford neuroscientist E.J. Chichilnisky has a bold plan—Create implantable devices to restore vision to a number of people who have gone blind. But to do this, he'll have to revolutionize the way electronic devices interface with the human brain.