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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

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!

August 9, 2018
Julia Slopsema published her paper, "Clinical deep brain stimulation strategies for orientation-selective pathway activation" in the Journal of Neural Engineering. Well done, Julia!

June 25-27, 2018
We hosted the 2018 Neural Interfaces Conference right here in Minneapolis!

June 5, 2018
Alex Doyle was awarded an NIH National Research Service Award. Congratulations, Alex!


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