Brain, nerve, and muscle health

Medicine and Health Campaign

Breaking down barriers

Devastating disorders of the brain, nerves, and muscles—such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, stroke, ataxia, muscular dystrophy, depression, addiction, and schizophrenia—can strike with or without warning or hereditary connections.

Charitable gifts fuel University of Minnesota research, providing scientists in the U's Stem Cell Institute and Departments of Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, and Neurology with the resources to discover the best ways to treat and even cure these debilitating diseases, which together affect vast numbers of people.

Philanthropic support makes discovery possible

  • Longtime leaders in Alzheimer’s disease research, U scientists are closing in on a breakthrough approach to preventing the disease. The U is also home to the renowned Nun Study, known for identifying traits that dampen or heighten the risk of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disabilities of old age.
  • Researchers are developing new procedures and devices at the U to intervene with epilepsy, depression, Parkinson’s, and related diseases.
  • U scientists identified genes associated with muscular dystrophy and three forms of ataxia—a crucial step in halting these diseases.
  • The U is internationally renowned for pioneering work using ultra-high-field imaging to observe the brain’s innermost workings.

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