The Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC) is a large collaborative entity that brings together the University of Minnesota’s experts from neurology, neurosurgery, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, radiology and other disciplines that share a focus to advance the understanding of brain conditions and diseases and the neuromodulation therapies that can help improve them. The NMRC enables a unique “bench to bedside” experience that drives translational research and the University’s discovery and health innovation missions. Being located within the heart of Minnesota’s Medical Device Alley further enriches the center’s impact through external industry collaborations and the state’s MnDrive initiative.
Jerrold L. Vitek, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chair of the Department of Neurology and Director of the NMRC. Professor Vitek fosters a collaborative and team-focused approach to projects that had enabled many funded initiatives. One of the main themes of the team’s research focuses on the medical and surgical treatment of movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, dystonia, and tremor. Studying the pathophysiology of these conditions from many perspectives reveals new potential treatment avenues. Similarly, the unique therapy of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is being tested and studied from many angles to reveal its mechanisms, potential new applications, and better ways to navigate the brain.