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Milton Oran, University of Minnesota Patient

By the time Milton Oran arrived at the University of Minnesota-affiliated Neurosurgery Clinic in early October 2013, he was in so much pain that he could barely speak. The 88-year-old Oran, a retired mechanical engineer, had been diagnosed four years earlier with trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic disorder of the facial nerve. In its classic form, trigeminal neuralgia causes intense, sudden electric shock-like pain. Oran's condition had been kept largely under control with medication, but the nerve had started acting up, this time more severely than ever.


The latest issue of Neurosciences News is now available in print and online.

Greg Marzolf Jr. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Marzolf)

Research at the University of Minnesota's Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center has flourished with 10 years of support from the Greg Marzolf Jr. Foundation -- the legacy of a boy who yearned for a cure for MD.

Yasushi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D., is investigating what causes disturbances in the way parts of the brain interact and how those disruptions can lead to disease. (Photo: Jim Bovin)

When Brad Wallin helped to announce his family's generous gift to create the Winston and Maxine Wallin Neuroscience Discovery Fund at the University of Minnesota in 2011, he said, "It will be exciting to see what unfolds." Two years later, we can see exactly what's unfolded -- and it is quite remarkable.

Diamond Awards 2013

Don't miss Minnesota's premier baseball charity event and the chance to celebrate with Twins baseball icons at Target Field. Be part of a televised awards dinner featuring current and former Twins players, bid on rare baseball memorabilia, and more.


Gov. Mark Dayton and policymakers supported University of Minnesota initiatives aimed at advancing research and boosting the state's economy during the 2013 Legislative session.


There are no real treatment options for people who have ataxia -- no real course of action other than coping with symptoms of the neurodegenerative condition, which can include difficulties with balance, coordination, speech, and sometimes vision. But today researchers at the University of Minnesota are on a path to change that reality.


Department of Neuroscience professor A. David Redish, Ph.D., discusses his new book, "The Mind Within the Brain: How We Make Decisions and How Those Decisions Go Wrong."

Erik van Kuijk, M.D., Ph.D., marks his first anniversary as head of the newly named Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences. (Photo: Scott Streble)

Consider the mind-bending truth about the human eye: with an estimated 2 million working parts that allow us to absorb images of the world around us in fractions of a second, the intricate mechanism is second only to the brain itself in complexity.

When things go wrong, however, the impact on a human life can range from annoying to devastating, with total blindness the ultimate insult. But scientists in the University of Minnesota’s recently renamed Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences (OVNS) take up the fight daily, battling their way from questions and problems to answers and treatments.

Minnesota Medical Foundation board member Liz Hawn and her husband, Van, recently followed up their initial gift with another $25,000 donation. (Photo: Shawn Sullivan)

A famous reporter was once advised to “follow the money.” Here at the University of Minnesota, tracing the journey of a $25,000 gift from Liz Hawn and her husband, Van, on its path through the Department of Neuroscience is a perfect case in point for how private donations can reignite critical research—and, ultimately, become the gift that keeps on giving.

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