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

Dr. Sylvian Lesne et al., have just had a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Neuroscience titled, "Soluble conformers of Aß and tau alter selective proteins governing axonal transport."  

Drs. N.J. Powell and A.D. Redish have a paper in press in Nature Communications titled, "Representational changes of latent strategies in rat medial prefrontal cortex preced changes in behavior."  

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Congratulations to Dr. Eric Newman on a new R01 award from the National Eye Institute (NEI) entitled, "Glial cell regulation of blood flow in capillaries."  This is Dr. Newman's second R01 award in the last six months, an Olympian achievement!  More on Dr. Newman can be found at:


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.