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An investment in MnDRIVE: Boosting U research and the economy

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.

The Legislature made a two-year, $35.6 million investment in MnDRIVE— Minnesota Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy—to fund research initiatives in four key industries: food production, robotics, water quality, and neuromodulation.

Neuromodulation, a growing field of research centered around changing the activity of brain circuits, offers the potential to improve stroke recovery and address other debilitating disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia, says Department of Neuroscience head Timothy Ebner, M.D., Ph.D.

“Depression and obsessive compulsive disorder are incredibly hard to treat, and [researchers] are now turning to neuromodulation,” he says. “If we could intervene in these diseases, we could make a major impact.”

Learn more about MnDRIVE at www.research.umn.edu/mndrive.

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