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Minnesota Medical Foundation provides an update on the latest neuroscience advancements at the U of M

Photo: Scott Streble

Erik van Kuijk, M.D., Ph.D., marks his first anniversary as head of the newly named Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences.

The latest issue of the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s Neurosciences News publication is now available in print and online.

Neurosciences News is a publication for those who support brain, nerve and muscle disease research, education and care at the University of Minnesota.

Below, we’ve provided Health Talk readers a snapshot of the news and updates from the latest issue.

Solving vision problems: Where ophthalmologists and neuroscientists converge

Erik van Kuijk, M.D., Ph.D., marks his first anniversary as head of the newly named Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences. (Photo: Scott Streble)

When things go wrong in the human eye, the impact on a human life can range from annoying to devastating, with total blindness the ultimate insult. But scientists in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences take up the fight daily, battling their way from questions and problems to answers and treatments. Read more.

At the University of Minnesota, tracing the journey of a $25,000 gift from Liz Hawn and her husband, Van, on its path through the Department of Neuroscience is a perfect case in point for how private donations can reignite critical research—and, ultimately, become the gift that keeps on giving. Read more.
Bent on delivering results

Jacob Fox, a 6-year-old who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, demonstrates his "walking" skills with a sprint for University physical therapist Jamie Marsh, D.P.T. (Photo: Jim Bovin)The Frank and Eleanor Maslowski Charitable Trust’s recent $140,000 gift to the University’s Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center to fund a small study on bone health in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a perfect example of a small research project bent on delivering big results. Read more.

After visiting a U lab, ataxia volunteer finds new hope for the future

Brian Kraft with his wife, Annemarie, and daughters (from left), 6-year-old Gabby, 4-year-old Evelyn, and 8-year-old Lauren. (Photo: Jim Bovin)A former college baseball player, Brian Kraft just wasn’t seeing the ball quite like he used to. While playing recreational softball five years post-college, he felt too clumsy—like his skills were diminishing faster than they should. Read why.


BAARC board awards more than $240,000 for ataxia studies


Exciting. Promising. Leading-edge. These are a few of the ways to describe the four University of Minnesota research projects that recently received funding from the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center. The organization’s board of directors granted more than $240,000 total to four scientists. Read more.

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