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The brain is the most complicated organ in the human body. For lack of a better word, the human brain is simply amazing.

At the University of Minnesota, teams of researchers from across a broad range of disciplines are dedicated to understanding the diseases and disorders of the brain that affect millions of people every day.

Neurologic conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are devastating for both the patient and their family, friends and support systems. Across the Academic Health Center, our faculty have the expertise necessary to make major advancements through brain science research.

We collaborate with the brightest minds across multiple disciplines and use the latest imaging techniques in the world to peer deep into the brain. We utilize deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders such as dystonia and Parkinson’s disease. We also capitalize on an intricate understanding of genetics to determine how to best stop neurologic conditions in their tracks.

In the future, our research into stem cell therapies may help patients suffering from a stroke or Parkinson’s disease. We study how our DNA affects our susceptibility to brain diseases. These core areas of research helps get us one step closer to unlocking the mysteries of the brain which will hopefully lead to the next great medical breakthrough.

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Department of Neurology | Department of Neurosurgery | Department of Neuroscience | Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences | Department of Psychiatry | Institute for Translational Neuroscience

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