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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 23, 2018
Our paper describing a novel particle swarm optimization algorithm for programming DBS systems was one of the highlighted papers for 2017 in the Journal of Neural Engineering!

January 24, 2018
Joe Xiao published his paper, "Deep brain stimulation induces sparse distributions of locally modulated neuronal activity" in Nature Scientific Reports. Well done, Joe!

December 14, 2017
Edgar Peña successfully defended his thesis, "Optimization Algorithms for Spatially Targeted Deep Brain Stimulation." Congratulations, Dr. Peña!

November 20, 2017
Annie Kovach and Mojgan Goftari joined the lab. Welcome!

November 6, 2017
Edgar Peña and Logan Grado won 1st and 3rd place at the Institute for Engineering in Medicine Conference & Retreat! Well done!

October 24, 2017
Edgar Peña gave an invited talk at Auburn University. Congratulations, Edgar!


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