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Our research laboratory focuses on innovating neuromodulation technologies to improve quality of life for people with neurological disorders. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is one such technology, which has helped numerous people living with Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and essential tremor reclaim control over their motor function. DBS therapy involves placing tiny electrodes in regions of the brain that exhibit pathological activity and then stimulating those regions with continuous pulses of energy. We focus on understanding how the brain responds and adapts to stimulation-based therapies from a combination of computational and experimental perspectives. These studies in turn provide us with a rationale to develop, evaluate, and translate new approaches for improving patient care.

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Agust 20, 2021
Several of our graduate students are returning from their summer internships! Alex interned at Abbott, Mojgan interned at AstraZeneca, and Annie interned at Medtronic. Way to go and welcome back, team!

April 27, 2021
Annie Brinda authored a journal article entitled, "Longitudinal analysis of local field potentials recorded from directional deep brain stimulation lead implants in the subthalamic nucleus," accepted for publication in the Journal of Neural Engineering. Awesome job, Annie!

March 23, 2021
Cara Piazza received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Congratulations, Cara!

February 22, 2021
Ed Bello successfully defended his thesis, "Characterization of the cortical electrophysiological effects of motor thalamic DBS." Great Job, Dr. Bello!

January 19, 2021
Mojgan Goftari's article entitled, "7T MRI and computational modeling supports a critical role of lead location in determining outcomes for deep brain stimulation: A Case Report," has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Keep up the awesome work, Mojgan!

December 10, 2020
Mojgan Goftari was awarded the UMII MnDrive Graduate Assistantship! Congratulations, Mojgan!

October 6, 2020
Mojgan Goftari authored a journal entitled, "Pallidothalamic tract activation predicts suppression of stimulation-induced dyskinesias in a case study of Parkinson’s disease," which has been accepted for publication in Brain Stimulation. Great job, Mojgan!


Dr. Matthew D. Johnson
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