MSI PIs Part of Grant to Improve Deep Brain Simulation


Three MSI PIs are among the investigators working on a project that has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative. The grant was awarded to the Medical School’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) for a project that will study ways to make Deep Brain Simulation (DBS) more efficient and safer. DBS is used to treat many neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease.

The MSI PIs are:

  • Shalom Michaeli (associate professor, CMRR), principal investigator for the grant. The Michaeli group is using MSI resources to develop a new neuromodulation system for DBS that allows maximal stimulation of parts of the brain based on spatially oriented electric fields.
  • Walter Low (professor, Neurosurgery). The Low group uses bioinformatics methods to study the brain’s genome, transcriptome, proteome, and metabalome.
  • Matthew Johnson (associate professor, Biomedical Engineering ). The Johnson group uses MSI resources to visualize and simulate neuronal activity during DBS.

An article about this grant appears on the Medical School website: UMN Medical School’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research Receive NIH U01 Grant.