An Introduction

If you are reading this, congratulations. You've somehow managed to stumble into the newly-minted (as of Winter '09) Neuroblog of the Stanford University Neuroscience Program. Welcome.

Some introductions.

1) This blog was created in the belief that the members of Stanford Universities neuroscience community possess coherent and unique perspectives on Neuroscience, Science, and Popular Culture. Concomitant is my belief  that online publishing platforms present the perfect environment for airing these aforementioned thoughts/opinions for our fellow scientists, people considering scientific careers or education (particularly at Stanford University), and any member of the general public whose electronic wanderings have led them to our blog. Which is to say: everyone is welcome. Some of the posts will be geared towards the Stanford scientific community, some will address specific topics in Neuroscience, and many will (hopefully) be accessible to those who do not dedicate the majority of their waking hours to the study of the brain.

2) The authors will, for the most part, be students associated with Stanford Universities Neuroscience Program; a.k.a. Ph.D candidates in Neuroscience; a.k.a. those students most susceptible to bribery by the blogmaster.

3) The blogmaster (blogmistress?) is a Ph.D candidate who joined the Stanford Neuroscience Program in Fall '09. She can be reached at A more descriptive biography will be written, eventually.

A conclusion:

This blog is a grand experiment in encouraging members of the diverse Stanford Neuroscience community to discuss science as a career, a lifestyle choice, and an increasingly common intruder into popular culture.

If you are a Neuroscientist, a student, a member of the general public or a vertebrate with typing skills and an opinion, please, contact the blog-mistress about contributing.


Astra Bryant (blog-mistress)


Astra Bryant

Astra Bryant is a graduate of the Stanford Neuroscience PhD program in the labs of Drs. Eric Knudsen and John Huguenard. She used in vitro slice electrophysiology to study the cellular and synaptic mechanisms linking cholinergic signaling and gamma oscillations – two processes critical for the control of gaze and attention, which are disrupted in many psychiatric disorders. She is a senior editor and the webmaster of the NeuWrite West Neuroblog