Discoveries Magazine


Keith Black

Eyes on the Brain

Philanthropic support led to a breakthrough in detecting Alzheimer’s disease early: a simple, noninvasive eye exam to detect Alzheimer’s disease up to two decades before it becomes symptomatic.

Aluminum Foiled

The aluminum in your pots and pans wont give you Alzheimer’s disease. Nor do hair dyes cause brain cancer. But what about cell phones? And microwaves? Our neuroscience experts set the record straight on common myths and misconceptions surrounding brain diseases.


When Tony Tommasi had a seizure in 2004, a tennis-ball-sized tumor was found in his brain. His wife-to-be, Heather, knew where to turn. She’d been there before.

Q+A with Keith L. Black, MD

Why early detection is so important to fighting Alzheimer’s—and how a simple eye test may be the solution. Read On

The Accidental Idea

From the chance discovery of quinine as a malaria treatment in the 17th century to Alexander Fleming’s accidental encounter with penicillium mold in 1928, some of medicine’s most important advances have occurred through serendipity or error. Call them happy accidents. Read On

“But wait!” Great Ideas and the Odd Observation

When you finish an experiment and the results support your hypothesis, you are probably having a good day in the lab. But when the unexpected happens and you step back, shake your head, and take another puzzled look, GREAT! Great Read On

The Power of Happenstance

If great ideas emerge from great conversations, shouldn’t we encourage more dialogue in medicine—a field divided into specialties and subspecialties, where a neurologist and a cardiologist may seldom cross paths, let alone collaborate? The answer is a resounding yes, and Read On

Brain Works!

Yes, science can be fun and a career in medicine is within reach. Just ask the middle-school students from underprivileged LA-area schools who spent a day at Cedars-Sinai performing virtual brain surgery and playing medical Jeopardy!®