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Upcoming Events

Annual Spring Patient Symposium

Our Annual Spring Patient Symposium will be held:

Saturday, April 27th 

9am - 1pm 

Inwood Oaks Event Center

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Past Events

Dr. Tuite at Coon Rapids Support Group

Dr. Paul Tuite will be speaking at the Coon Rapids Support Group on Thursday, April 12th at 1pm. He'll be speaking about Updates in Parkinson's disease research. 

2018 Winter Education Session

Join Dr. Colum Mackinnon from the Udall Center on Monday, March 12, 2018 as he presents at the 2018 Winter Education Session for the Parkinson's Foundation of Minnesota. 

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018

Time: 9:45am - 2:00pm 

Location: North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills

1700 Hwy 96 W

Arden Hills, MN 55112

Dr. Erin Holker at Northwest Iowa Parkinson's Disease Symposium

Dr. Erin Holker will be presenting on Cognition in Parkinson's Disease at the 2017 Northwest Iowan Parkinson's Disease Symposium in Sioux City, Iowa. The symposium will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Souix City on Friday, October 20th. Click the photo below for more details and information on how to register! 

Optimism Walk

The 2017 APDA Optimism Walk will take place Saturday, October 14th at Roseville Central Park. The Department of Neurology team "Walking for U!" will be out there with information about the Udall center and other research updates. Be sure to stop by and learn more about the work we do! 

For more information, and to register for the walk click here

Parkinson's Education in Maple Grove

Dr. Tuite speaking to a group of people with Parkinson's and caregivers

Dr. Paul Tuite, and Kelly Sovell, RN, presented on updates in Parkinson's Disease to a large group of PD patients and care givers in Maple Grove on September 19th. We look forward to working with the Parkonson Foundation on future educational events around the state!

Spring Parkinson's Symposium

The Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Disease Research and The American Parkinson's Disease Association present the Spring Parkinson's Symposium

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Parkinson's Disease: New Discoveries, New Hope

Please join us to learn about the University's new Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Research. Hear about current research that is designed to help brain scientists and clinicians better understand changes in brain circuitry that occur in Parkinson's, and how they use this knowledge to develop new treatment strategies to improve the lives of patients.

Join Dr. MacKinnon at Patient Support Group

When: Friday, October 21st @ 1:00pm
Where: Health Partners Como Clinic, Como and 280 (2500 Como Ave, St Paul) Map



Photos of Medical Alley DayWednesday February 6th 2019 was Medical Alley Day at the Minnesota State Capitol, bringing together legislators with the health technology companies that power Minnesota’s economy and make it the global epicenter of health innovation and care.

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 10:45am

On September 15th, the Kurt B. Seydow Dystonia Foundation presented a check of $127k to the Department of Neurology from their 2nd annual "Kites 2 Kure" Dystonia Event. The donation will be used to fund Dystonia research at the U. Thanks to all who donated at Kites to Kure and save the date for next year's Kites2Kure Dystonia Event on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018! For more information on the Kurt B. Seydown Foundation, click here

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 2:15pm

Faced with worsening Parkinson’s disease symptoms, Kelly Cargill decided to undergo deep brain stimulation. The procedure helped her turn a corner in her battle against the disease. Click here to read more

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 10:45am

A new journal article, Insights gleaned by measuring patient's stated goals for DBS: More than tremor, was recently published in Neurology. Udall members, Dr. Scott Cooper and Dr. Jerrold Vitek were co-authors on the article. The abstract can be found here

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 3:30pm

Dr. Jerrold L. Vitek, Udall Director and Chair of the Department of Neurology, discussed in a November 5th Star Tribune article the progress and potential of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to help patients struggling with a variety of neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's Disease (PD). The research uses a method called "closed-loop stimulation" in its DBS procedures, which triggers pulses only when abnormal neural patterns are recognized.

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 10:45am

UMN Sparks, hosted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm in Marshall, MN.

Dr. Matthew Johnson, from the Udall Center, and other University of Minnesota experts will offer new insight into our health, our economy, and our lives.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:30am

Deep brain stimulation regulates the abnormal signals that cause many Parkinson’s disease symptoms, according to University of Minnesota Health Neurosurgeon Michael C. Park, MD, PhD.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:00am

Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC) members were at the Minnesota State Fair on September 4, 2016 to inform the public about deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for movement disorders and highlight the clinical DBS program and translational neuromodulation research being done at the University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 10:00am

Once dragged down by the physical and emotional implications of the disease, man now has a brighter outlook on life.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:00am

U scientists are gaining ground on Parkinson's disease on multiple fronts.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:45am

U scientists explore freezing of gait, a debilitating complication of Parkinson’s disease, and actions that can get patients moving again.

Colum MacKinnon records muscle and brain activity in lab

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:45am