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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.

Recent News News archives

May 1, 2019
Our paper was listed in the highly cited collection of JNE publications. Congrats, Edgar and David!

April 19, 2019
Our lab members presented 8 research posters at the 7th Annual Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium. Way to go, team!

April 9, 2019
Annie Brinda was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations, Annie!

December 6, 2018
Logan Grado published his paper, "Bayesian adaptive dual control of deep brain stimulation in a computational model of Parkinson's disease" in PLOS - Computational Biology. Great job, Logan!

October 10, 2018
Edgar Peña published his paper, "Multi-objective particle swarm optimization for postoperative deep brain stimulation targeting of subthalamic nucleus pathways" in the Journal of Neural Engineering. Congrats, Edgar!

September 24, 2018
Julia Slopsema and Annie Brinda won 1st and 3rd place, respectively, for their posters at the Annual Institute for Engineering in Medicine Annual Retreat! Great Job!


Dr. Matthew D. Johnson
6-134 Hasselmo Hall, 312 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455
Phone: 612-626-6492 | Fax: 612-626-6583