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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Mar. 23

The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:

A beautiful blood clot: A colorized scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. The image comes from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where findings showed how fibrin behaves in blood clots.

Stanford researchers create Parkinson's disease in a dish: In a recent Stanford study, neurons were derived from the skin of a woman with a genetic form of Parkinson's disease and shown to replicate some key features of the condition in a dish.

New research center aims to understand premature birth: The March of Dimes and the Stanford's medical school launch a new research center dedicated to understanding and preventing preterm birth. The new effort, the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, seeks to find novel approaches to a mysterious public health problem that affects 12 percent of U.S. births.

School of Medicine students and staff host iPad show and tell: Last month, School of Medicine staff and students gathered for a workshop to discuss how they have been using Apple's iPad as a medical education tool. The workshop was recorded in a studio classroom at Stanford's Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge and recently posted online.

Meet Stanford Hospital's new CEO, Amir Dan Rubin: In a new 1:2:1 podcast, Stanford Hospital & Clinics CEO Amir Dan Rubin discusses his first few months on the job and how today's hospital CEOs navigate the challenges of the current health-care environment. He also lays out his vision for the Stanford Medicine experience, which involves thinking big while healing humanity one patient at a time.

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