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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

February 7, 2017
The lab's Particle Swarm Optimization method was featured on Medical Physics Web! See the feature here.

January 30, 2017
MariPen Yeatts joined the lab. Welcome, MariPen!

January 9, 2017
Julia Slopsema published her paper, "Orientation selective deep brain stimulation," in the Journal of Neural Engineering. Great job, Julia!

January 9, 2017
Edgar Peña and Simeng Zhang published their paper, "Particle swarm optimization for programming deep brain stimulation arrays," in the Journal of Neural Engineering. Nicely done, Edgar and Simeng!

December 9, 2016
Ben Teplitzky successfully defended his thesis, "Personalized computational models of deep brain stimulation." Way to go, Ben!


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