In late June, the U of M hosted Minnesota Senator Jeremy Miller for an educational visit to learn more about the exciting neuromodulation research and technology taking place as part of the MnDRIVE brain conditions initiative.
During his visit Sen. Miller had the opportunity to tour the campus, meet and welcome new Minnesota men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino and hear from students and faculty about their research.
“I believe it’s extremely important for legislators, especially those on the higher education committee, to see and understand what our higher education institutions are doing,” Miller said.
Miller said he was really impressed with the students who presented their research and the faculty who helped explain the deep brain stimulation (DBS) technology. In fact, the DBS technology was his favorite part of the visit because it was all so new to him.
“This type of research and technology taking place at the University are the things that will help advance the Minnesota economy and our quality of life,” Miller added.
Miller believes brain research and research technology is important because it helps people with various serious conditions including Parkinson’s disease, among others.
“If we can continue to make advancements and progress through projects like MnDRIVE brain conditions, we can make a huge impact on people’s lives,” Miller said. “But we need to invest in research.”
Miller plans to involve other members of the higher education committee with MnDRIVE brain conditions moving forward and is currently planning future visits to campus.