Renovating Stanford Hospital

For the past year, I've been hearing murmurs concerning a planned renovation of the Stanford Hospital. And as fond as I am of its odd exterior and asbestos ridden basements, Stanford Hospital is long overdue for a major renovation. This afternoon, I just happened to virtually stop by the Stanford Hospital website. While there, I found evidence that this much needed renovation will actually be occurring at some point, in the form of a dedicated website. This website presents the cunningly branded Project:Renewal, and claims that Stanford Hospital is slated to be rebuilt, with the Packard Children's Hospital getting an expansion. Also,  "outdated laboratories at the School of Medicine" will be "replaced". Judging from the project side map and pictures (see below), new Hospital Building will be built nestled amongst current buildings.

(A side note: is it just me, or does the intersection of Pasteur Drive and Quarry Road involve some creative reinterpretation of reality? Along the same vein, its possible the outdated laboratories previously mentioned are Edwards, Lane, and Alway.)

The Project:Renewal website features several artists renderings that are fully drool-worthy. Some of them are below.

Renovation Plans

Renovated HospitalRenovated Hospital Second View


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