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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

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!

September 23, 2020
Ed Bello authored a journal article entitled, "Frequency-dependent spike-pattern changes in motor cortex during thalamic deep brain stimulation," which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurophysiology. Great work, Ed!

September 9, 2020
Dr. Julia Slopsema, a recent NRTL graduate, authored a journal article entitled, "Orientation-selective and directional deep brain stimulation in swine assessed by functional MRI at 3T," accepted for publication in NeuroImage.

September 8, 2020
Rebecca Butler joined the NTRL team to complete her PhD! Welcome, Rebecca!

July 7, 2020
Alex Doyle and Jordan Krieg co-authored a journal article entitled, "Dose-dependent effects of translational alternating current stimulation on spike timing in awake nonhuman primates," which has been accepted for publication in Science Advances. Great work, team!

Dr. Matthew D. Johnson
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