Our Research

The University of Minnesota (UMN) Udall Center’s overall goal is to improve the lives of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). To do so we must have a better understanding of the changes in brain circuitry that occur in the parkinsonian state. This understanding is critical if we are to advance deep brain stimulation (DBS) and other therapies for the treatment of PD. Currently, DBS is used for the treatment of the movement problems (slow movements (bradykinesia), stiffness of the limbs (rigidity) and shaking in the arms and legs (tremor)) associated with PD.