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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

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!

January 29, 2020
Logan Grado successfully defended his thesis, "Machine Learning for Deep Brain Stimulation." Great Job, Dr. Grado!

December 17, 2019
Julia Slopsema successfully defended her thesis, "Orientation-Selective Programming Strategies for Targeted Deep Brain Stimulation." Congratulations, Dr. Slopsema!

October 7, 2019
Mojgan Goftari attended the 2019 Udall Centers Meeting in Washington D.C., where she presented her research poster and networked with others working to better treat Parkinson's disease.

October 3-6, 2019
Six lab members attended and presented posters at the NTS/NYC Neuromodulation Conference in Napa, CA. They did a great job sharing our DBS research. Thanks, team!

September 23, 2019
Maddie Blumenfeld and Ed Bello won a poster award at the Annual IEM Conference and Retreat! Great job!

August 29, 2019
Annie, Mojgan, and Josh have all passed their preliminary exams! Congrats!


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