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

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.

Dr. Tim Ebner to lead UMN Medical Discovery Team on Addiction

During the last legislative session, the final budget agreement included annual funding to develop Medical Discovery Teams (MDT) at the University of Minnesota.  The funding is to be used to recruit faculty considered to be national leaders i their fields to lead teams of researchers focused on solving health issues important to Minnesota and the nation.  We are proud to announce that Dr. Timothy Ebner, Head of the Neuroscience Department, has been chosed to head up the search team on Addiction.  

Thanks to the leadership of Dean Brooks Jackson and his participation in Governor Dayton's Blue-Ribbon Panel  the Medical School can look forward to recruiting an additional 50 faculty over the next eight years as part of four Medical Discovery Teams in the areas of 1) Addiction; 2) American Indian/Rural Health Disparities; 3) Biology of Aging; and 4) Imaging Across Multiple Scales of Neuronal Organization in the Brain.

For more information see www.med.umn.edu
Source: Brooks Jackson, Medical School Blog, 9/24/15


Dynamic Regulation of D-Serine Release in the Vertebrate Retina

Recent publication in the Journal of Physiology, February, 2015, by Eric Gustafson, Eric Stevens, and Robert E. Miller presents a study that investigates the functional properties of NMDA receptor coagonist release and whether or not light-evoked release mechanisms contribute to the availability of the coagnoist D-serine. See link to article in PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25480802