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Neurosciences News

Fall 2013

Uncharted territory

'We are so grateful to them. I look at Lydia now, so happy and cheerful, talking like crazy--you'd never know anything was ever wrong. How can you ever say 'thank you' for that?' --Anna Kohler (Photo: Scott Streble)

A baby girl’s rare, life-threatening problem is solved by a highly skilled University team—and a strategic use of glue

Little Lydia Kohler’s parents were horrified when a large, blood-filled sac in the back of their newborn daughter’s head caused her to have a massive seizure, a result of heart failure. But thanks to an innovative treatment by a collaborative University of Minnesota team — and a strategic use of glue — little Lydia today is a running, talking, 2-year-old whirlwind, her parents happily report.

In its 10th year of supporting muscular dystrophy research at the University, the Greg Marzolf Jr. Foundation holds hope for a cure

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.

Two years in, promise of new research fund pays off

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.

Save the date for the ninth annual Diamond Awards

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.

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.

A perfect match


With help from a challenge grant, U advances research on a first-ever treatment for ataxia

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.

Decision-making unveiled


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.”

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