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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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August 24, 2016
Joe Xiao successfully defended his thesis, "Experimental and Model-Based Approaches to Directional Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation." Outstanding, Joe!

July 27, 2016
The lab was awarded an NIH R01 grant to develop novel "Spatiotemporal Optimization of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease."

June 27, 2016
The lab presented four posters at the 2016 NANS / Neural Interfaces Conference in Baltimore, MD, and Julia Slopsema gave a highlight talk on her work "Advanced stimulation patterns for directional activation."

May 23, 2016
Ben Teplitzky published his paper, "Model-based comparison of deep brain stimulation array functionality with varying number of radial electrodes and machine learning feature sets" in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience. Well done, Ben!

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