U of M Udall Center secures $11.3M to continue Parkinson’s disease and deep brain stimulation research

The Udall Center at the University of Minnesota Medical School was awarded a new $11.3 million grant from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke to continue its work in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease. The Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research were established by Congress in 1998 as part of a program to honor the late representative from Arizona. Now receiving this grant for the second time, this Udall Center joins a short list of five other national sites funded to study Parkinson’s disease from the molecular level all the way into patient treatments.

“Dr. Jerrold Vitek's research team explores innovative ways to understand and treat Parkinson's disease. Experts from across the University ― biomedical engineers, radiologists, neurologists, neuropsychologists and others ― focus together on this extremely complex and debilitating brain disorder,” said Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, dean of the Medical School. “Patients depend on this research, and the National Institutes of Health have recognized and continue to support the outstanding results of Dr. Vitek's uniquely diverse team.” 

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