Developing Magnetic Nanodevice Arrays to Treat Neurological Diseases


Two MSI PIs are investigators on a project that has received a grant from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. The project will develop an implantable magnetic nanodevice array that will generate magnetic fields to treat a variety of neurological disorders. MSI PI Jian-Ping Wang (professor, Electric and Computer Engineering) is a co-PI on the project; the other co-PI is Professor Kendall Lee of the Mayo Clinic. MSI PI Tay Netoff (professor, Biomedical Engineering) is also an investigator on the project.

The amount of nearly $1 million is spread over two years beginning this month. This project seeks to improve on methods of electrical and magnetic brain stimulation that are used for therapeutic purposes by developing a more advanced device that can generate a highly localized magnetic field. A description of this project can be found on the electrical and computer engineering department’s website: Researchers From the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic to Develop Magnetic Nanodevice Arrays to Treat Neurological Diseases.

The complete list of the projects that received funding from the Partnership this year can be found on the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs website: Minnesota Partnership Awards Leverage Top Experts Against Disease.

Professor Wang uses MSI resources for projects that investigate new magnetic materials. Professor Netoff uses MSI’s supercomputers for large-scale modeling of neural activity and high-throughput data analysis.