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

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

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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.

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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

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Congratulations to Dr. David Redish on the 5-year renewal of his R01 entitled, "Relating episodic memory and episodic future thinking in hippocampus."  More on Dr. Redish here.

Dr. Newman and graduate trainee, Kyle Biesecker, have just published a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience titled, "Glial Cell Calcium Signlaing Mediates Capillary Regulation of Blood Flow in the Retina." 

Congratulations to Drs. Mark Thomas and Paul Mermelstein (co-PIs) who were just awarded a new NIH R01, "Estrogen Facilitation of Female Drug Relapse."
See more on Dr. Mermelstein's research and Dr. Thomas's research.

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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.