The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
NIH funding mechanism “totally broken,” says Stanford researcher: In a new analysis, Stanford researcher John Ioannidis, MD, DSci, and a colleague argue that the NIH's peer-review process is inherently flawed and encourages “conformity, if not mediocrity.”
Meet the medical school’s new dean: Lloyd Minor: Lloyd Minor, MD, the former provost of Johns Hopkins University, officially became dean of the Stanford School of Medicine on December 1. He was the focus of a recent a 1:2:1 podcast.
Exploring the mystery of multiple sclerosis in the Pacific Northwest: Investigate West and NPR station KUOW have partnered to explore why the Pacific Northwest has one of the highest rates in the world of multiple sclerosis. They recently posted articles on the rise in pediatric cases and on the MS research coming out of that region.
The science of willpower: Earlier last year, Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, published a book based on her popular Stanford Continuing Studies course “The Science of Willpower.” In this Q&A, she discusses the latest research on the topic and describes how stress, sleep deprivation and nutrition can lessen our ability to resist temptations
The Trial: My Kafkaesque courtroom dance with dopamine: Science writer Bruce Goldman shares a story related to his recent Stanford Medicine article on addiction.