Research Highlights

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders.

Our neurosurgeons helped pioneer the use of DBS for treating Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. DBS uses a pacemaker-like device to transmit electrical impulses to electrodes implanted in a specific part of the brain. Our neurosurgery team is now working on the next generation of implanted device therapies.

Stem cell transplants.

Our researchers are developing adult stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells for treating disorders such as ischemic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease.

Minimally invasive treatment of epilepsy and stroke.

UMPhysicians neurosurgeons Aviva Abosch and Adnan Quireshi are partnering with Mayo Clinic physicians to study a new noninvasive approach to treating epilepsy and stroke via the veins, similar to treatment for heart conditions.


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