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Bob Allison and his three sons in the Minnesota Twins dugout

As the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center rounds out its 25th year, board chair Mark Allison says there's plenty to be proud of. BAARC has raised nearly $7.5 million, and it has granted more than $2.3 million to 27 U of M researchers, who in turn have attracted an astounding $29.6 million from the National Institutes of Health.


A career of discovery and research progress has earned the University of Minnesota's Harry Orr, Ph.D., a spot in the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

Sheila Specker, M.D., studies the complex interplay of factors that keeps some people in the grips of alcohol or drug dependence. (Photo: Jim Bovin)

Addiction doesn't happen in a vacuum. As Department of Psychiatry associate professor Sheila Specker, M.D., has seen time and again, it's often accompanied by depression, bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, or another mental health problem. Sometimes it's one thread in a tangle of issues; often it's tough to tease out which problem came first.


The University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) is among the first to be awarded a federal grant resulting from President Obama's BRAIN Initiative, an effort to develop next-generation brain imaging technology.

Photo by Patrick O’Leary

University of Minnesota researchers hope a new vaccine for Epstein-Barr virus could guard against mono, multiple sclerosis, and certain blood cancers.


Four years ago, University of Minnesota neurology professor emeritus Arthur Klassen, M.D., donated $50,000 to start the Neurology Resident Educational Travel Scholarship, which was designed to help cash-strapped young residents attend important national conferences. So far, the fund has received support from 77 donors who have made 91 gifts totaling more than $131,000.


You've seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but did you know that the University of Minnesota ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Center is an ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence? That's the highest designation the ALS Association gives to recognize and support clinics it considers the best in the field.

Alfonso Araque, Ph.D., shipped this elaborate equipment, being used here to measure the electrical activity of a neuron, to the U from his lab in Spain. Photo: Jim Bovin

Alfonso Araque, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neuroscience and holder of the Robert and Elaine Larson Neuroscience Research Chair, is one of those investigators taking the path less charted, one who believes that solutions for brain diseases could lie in the shadowy world of the glia.


When graduate student Adam Steiner walked in and announced, "My rats are expressing regret," Department of Neuroscience Professor A. David Redish, Ph.D., could hardly believe it.


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

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