MSI PI Jerrold Vitek (Head, Department of Neurology) recently led a surgical team that implanted a newly approved treatment device that fights the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The device is an improved version of a treatment called Deep Brain Stimulation. The University of Minnesota was also involved in the clinical trial for the device, called Vercise.
Articles describing the new device and the medical procedure can be found at the following media outlets:
- Fox 9: U of M Health leads the way with new treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Vercise is designed to more precisely target deep-brain stimulation.
- Twin Cities Business: U of M Researchers Share Credit in Boston Scientific’s FDA Win on Brain Stimulation.
An article also appears on the Office of the Vice President for Research Inquiry blog: FDA Approves Innovative Parkinson's Device Tested at U.
Professor Vitek uses MSI for research into Parkinson’s disease and its effect on neuronal activity.