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Neurosciences News

Spring 2014

Research in motion

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Up until about four years ago, Mike Fahning thought of his Parkinson’s disease as an irritant. His medications seemed to be managing the involuntary movements that are a hallmark of the disease, with which he was diagnosed at age 38. But one Sunday in 2010, Fahning was at home doing housework when suddenly he couldn’t move. His medications had worn off, and he was stuck. Though Fahning wasn’t familiar with the term at the time, he was experiencing “freezing of gait,” a complication of Parkinson’s disease that is simply described as a temporary and involuntary inability to move.

Filling a need

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David Bond, M.D., Ph.D., has spent his professional life delving into problems that lie deep within the human brain. Having recently completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience, and with in-depth experience in both clinical treatment for people who have bipolar disorder and research into brain malfunctions, Bond proved to be an unbeatable candidate to lead the University’s new Bipolar Disorder Clinic, which is scheduled to open this summer.

Bipolar disorder research and students get a lift from a ‘gracious’ person’s estate gifts

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Dick Huston, D.V.M., and his wife, Glenda, were so passionate about education that, years ago, they established scholarships at nine different colleges, including the University of Minnesota. After Glenda died suddenly in 2010, her careful estate planning resulted in not just a substantial increase for the Glenda Taylor Huston Scholarship of Courage at the U but also funds to support bipolar disorder research at the institution.

A bold directive

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The University of Minnesota has been named one of 25 institutions that will lead a nationwide network of regional stroke centers as part of a new effort driven by the National Institutes of Health to reduce the impact of stroke in the United States.

On to the next step

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Because of philanthropic support, research focused on developing the first-ever treatment for spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) continues to move forward.

Stand Up 2 Ataxia Golf Tournament

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Enter your family foursome, a team of competitive co-workers, or a group of friends in the first-ever Stand Up 2 Ataxia Golf Tournament.

U now home to the world’s largest imaging magnet

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After a monthlong journey by boat from England, across the Atlantic, and through the Great Lakes, the world’s largest imaging magnet made its way from Duluth, Minnesota, to its new home at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, arriving on December 6.

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