Neuroscience is the collective scientific effort to understand the brain. It is an interdisciplinary science collaborating with fields such as chemistry, engineering, and psychology. The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School is committed to providing excellence in research, education, and public service

About the department


Neuroscience faculty have a wide range of research interests and expertise, with investigations ranging from molecular to systems neuroscience.

neuroscience educationEducation

The Department of Neuroscience is home to the undergraduate neuroscience major. The University also offers a graduate degree in neuroscience, as well as neuroscience courses and seminars.

public servicePublic service

The Department of Neuroscience supports a number of programs that bring neuroscience into the community, such as Brain Awareness WeekBrainU, and Minnesota State Brain Bee.

Department news

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar met April 6, 2018, with University of Minnesota Medical School Alzheimer’s researchers and saw first-hand some of the latest work being done for the disease. 5.7 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s Disease. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to nearly 14 million people, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, with annual costs associated with the disease estimated to exceed $1 trillion at that time.

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Santiago Ramón y Cajal, considered the father of modern neuroscience, was also an exceptional artist. Cajal devoted his life to the study of the structure of the brain, the body’s most complex and mysterious organ. He drew the brain in a way that provided a clarity exceeding that achieved by photographs. He combined scientific and artistic skills to produce drawings with extraordinary scientific and aesthetic qualities.

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Congratulations to Dr. Alfonso Araque and Dr. Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, Neuroscience faculty who have recently been added to the Medical School's Wall of Scholarship.  Details on their qualifying publications can be found here.


Research spotlight

Mechanisms of neurodegenerative disordersSilvain Lesne Lab

Dr. Sylvain Lesné’s laboratory aims to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms triggered by proteins abnormally aggregating in cerebral brain tissues during the course of neurodegenerative disorders, with a specific focus on Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.