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

Krook-Magnuson Shines Light on Epilepsy

Dr. Esther Krook-Magnuson is using a technique called optogenetics to shed light on what happens during an epileptic seizure.  Optogenetics is a new field that has been picking up steam in the last five to ten years.  Esther's work will help scientists and physicians to better understand brain circuits so that they can develop targeted therapies to help stop seizures.  "The brain is very complex," says Esther, "and we finally have the tools to get some answers."  Dr. Krook-Magnuson's research on optogenetics and epilepsy is supported by NIH and MnDrive.  For more information see UMN Healthtalk.  

Redish Video Wins 2nd Place in Contest

The AAMC and the Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND) recently held a contest that asked member institutions to submit videos capturing the importance of basic science research.  Dr. David Redish, Ph.D., won second place over two dozen entries. Congratulations to David!

Dr. Lucy Vulchanova receives U18 award from NIH for Peripheral Neuromodulation

Congratulations to Dr. Vulchanova for her recent NIH U18 Cooperative Agreement award for, Selective Peripheral Neuromodulation through Organ-Specific AAV-Mediated Gene Transfer.  A U18 is designed to provide support for testing (by means of research design) the effectiveness of the transfer and application of techniques or interventions derived from a research base for the control of diseases or disorders or for the promotion of health (source: NIH/OER). Dr. Vulchanova's grant will provide proof-of-concept for a therapeutic approach to the modulation of nerve activity based on delivery of genes with the goal of enabling selective neurmodulation.  The study will also test tools that may help to control the peripheral neural circuits that regulate individual organs (source: NIH Reporter).

MnDrive Fellowships in Neuromodulation 2016-2017 RFA

The UMN announces its 2016-2017 fellowship program in Neuromodulation funded through that state of Minnesota's MnDRIVE (Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy) initiative. Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding doctoral students, post-doctoral trainess and resident/clinical fellows pursuing research in neuromodulation.  Application deadline is February 1, 2016.  For more information see the MnDRIVE link on this website.

Dr. Araque et al. publishes article in Science on Glial Cell Signaling

Dr. Alfonso Araque and his colleagues have just published a paper in Science, August 14, 2015, volume 349, Circuit-Specific Signaling in Astrocyte-Neruon Networks in Basal Ganglia Pathways.  See full article in PubMed: PMID 26273054.