Study of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Receives $21M Grant


Two MSI PIs are among the interdisciplinary research group that have received a $21M grant from the National Institutes of Health to study vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). VNS is used to treat epilepsy and depression; the three-year study will investigate functional effects of VNS across the human body.

MSI PIs Ziad Nahas (professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) and Hubert Lim (professor, Otolaryngology and Biomedical Engineering) are among the lead researchers for this project, which includes other U of M researchers and several additional institutions. A story about this project appears on the U of M News website: University of Minnesota awarded $21M to lead research revealing effects of vagus nerve stimulation in humans.

Professor Nahas uses MSI for a project that uses precision functional mapping to better target neuromodulation therapies in patients with depression. Professor Lim uses MSI to perform large-scale neural data analyses, for computational modeling, and for large-scale genomic/RNA-seq analyses.