Welcome to the Department of Neuroscience

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system. It is an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with other fields such as chemistry, computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, medicine and allied disciplines, philosophy, physics, and psychology.  The Department of Neuroscience is committed to providing excellence in research, education, and public service.

The Department of Neuroscience is part of the University of Minnesota's Medical School. The Medical School and related healthcare professional schools are grouped under the Academic Health Center.

Department of Neuroscience News

Miller Receives NIH/NEI R21 for D-Serine Release

Kudos to Dr. Robert Miller, Professor of Neuroscience, for a recent National Eye Institute R21 award for a project titled, The Cell Types and Mechanisms of D-Serine Release in the Postnatal Mouse Retina. The two-year grant award goes to 2016.  

Neuroscience Graduate Student Receives F31 from NIMH

Nathalia Torres, graduate student in Neuroscience, was awarded an NRSA/F31 from NIHM last fall (2014) under the title "Perg of Schizophrenia."  Kudos to Nathalia!

Georgopoulos and Carpenter publication in Current Opinion in Neurobiology

An article entitled "Coding of movements in the motor cortex"by Brain Sciences Center members Adam Carpenter andApostolos Georgopoulos will be appearing in the August 2015 Current Opinion in Neurobiology.  The issue of coding of movement in the motor cortex has recently acquired special significance due to its fundamental importance in neuroprosthetic applications. The challenge of controlling a prosthetic arm by processed motor cortical activity has opened a new era of research in applied medicine but has also provided an ‘acid test’ for hypotheses regarding coding of movement in the motor cortex. The successful decoding of movement information from the activity of motor cortical cells using their directional tuning and population coding has propelled successful neuroprosthetic applications and, at the same time, asserted the utility of those early discoveries, dating back to the early 1980s.


State Legislature May Fund Alzheimer's Studies

Dr. Sylvain Lesne, Assistant Professor and researcher at the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care, is studying molecules believed to contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease, a growing problem with the aging population over 65 in the U.S., projected to double between 2010 and 2030.  

The Minnesota Senate is considering a bill that would allocate $5 million in both 2016 and 2017 for dementia research.  An additional $750,000 would be added in grant funding to help connect caregivers and patients with appropriate resources.  The N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research was started in 2005. See http://www.memory.umn.edu for details.   The Senate's bill is being authored by Senator Carla Nelson, R-Rochester. 

"If we don't do anything with the aging population...we might arrive at a situation where we might bankrupt our health care system." 
Dr. Sylvain Lesne, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and researcher in the N. BUd Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care at the University of Minnesota.

Source:  Minnesota Daily, 2/3/2015


Drs. Andrew Wikenheiser and David Redish have a paper in press in Nature Neuroscience titled, "Hippocampal theta sequences reflect current goals."  Congratulations to Andrew and David!