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

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 Dr. Vulchanova for her recent NIH U18 Cooperative Agreement award for, Selective Peripheral Neuromodulation through Organ-Specific AAV-Mediated Gene Transfer. 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 organ.

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.


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.