1:2:1 Podcast : Neuroscience

  • Neuroscience, optogenetics, and poetry: A word with Karl Deisseroth

    Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, calls the human brain “the most complicated object in the universe.” The Stanford psychiatrist and bioengineer is well-known for developing two game-changing techniques — optogenetics and CLARITY.

  • Thinking outside of the box: A conversation about mental health with Stanford psychiatrist Amit Etkin

    When it comes to treating mental illness, Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, is thinking outside of the box and collaborating with other Stanford scientists to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop improved treatments for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Bill Newsome on Stanford's "Big Ideas" and the state of neuroscience

    Bill Newsome, PhD, is challenging faculty to think broadly about the intersections of neuroscience with society, engineering, medicine, and other fields, through the Stanford Neurosciences Institute's Big Ideas initiative.

  • Recharging old brains

    Stanford neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, has found that infusions of blood plasma from young mice improves memory and learning in old mice. In this podcast, Wyss-Coray, who is also a senior research career scientist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, discusses the new study along with his plans to explore whether the findings could lead to treatments for brain diseases like Alzheimer's.

  • Michael Greicius on women and the risk for Alzheimer's

    A gene variant know as ApoE4 is the strongest known single genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s, a neurological syndrome that affects about 30 million people worldwide. But a new study led by Stanford neurologist Michael Greicius, MD, shows that women who carry a copy of the variant have a substantially greater risk for the disease than do men.

  • William Newsome on new brain initiatives

    On April 2nd, President Obama announced the launch of an initiative, called Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN). The $100 million research effort is aimed at developing new technologies and methods for understanding the human brain. Stanford neurobiologist William Newsome, PhD, was one of two scientists tapped to lead the initiative and help define the parameters for the project.

  • Oliver Sacks on The Mind's Eye

    Remember the movie, Awakenings? Featuring mega-stars Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams, the film tells the story about some patients who, in a catatonic state for decades, come back to life. The drama is based on the same named memoir written by Dr. Oliver Sacks, who was instrumental in waking up those afflicted with this mental stupor. Dr. Sacks is not only a physician, but a multiple best-selling author, and professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center. His most recent book, The Mind’s Eye, chronicles the stories of several people who have lost critical abilities and senses, like the capacity to speak, to read, or to recognize faces. Despite what seem like insurmountable setbacks, they find ways to thrive. Dr. Sacks is here with us today to discuss the discoveries he made while writing his book, and to share how he’s grappling with his ocular cancer, leaving him blind in one eye.

  • David Linden on the neuroscience of pleasure

    Why do certain things feel so good? Whether it's chocolate chip cookies, alcohol, gambling or sex, we're all hardwired to seek pleasure.

  • Jill Bolte Taylor on minding your brain

    Fifteen years ago, Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD, had a stroke. The 37-year-old brain scientist became a child again, having to re-learn how to talk, read and walk.

  • Frank Longo on Alzheimer's research

    A recent report by the Alzheimer's Association found that more than 5.

  • Maria Shriver on HBO Alzheimer's series

    Sargent Shriver, an advisor to two presidents and the first director of the Peace Corps, no longer remembers the name of his daughter: Maria, California's first lady and former television reporter.