Brain, Nerve, and Muscle Health



Devastating disorders of the brain, nerves, and muscles—such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, ataxia, muscular dystrophy, depression, addiction, and schizophrenia—can strike with or without warning or hereditary connections.

Your gifts fuel University of Minnesota research, providing physicians and scientists with the resources to discover the best ways to treat and even cure these debilitating diseases, which together affect vast numbers of people.


The U of M is internationally renowned for pioneering the use of ultra-high-field imaging to observe the brain’s innermost workings. Addiction researchers are capitalizing on this expertise and collaborating with others across the University to identify the root causes of relapse and create better painkillers to end addiction.

Longtime leaders in Alzheimer’s disease research, U scientists have now identified a potential new treatment target, getting one step closer to being able to halt or even reverse the disease.

The U of M, also recognized as a Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research, aims to enhance the overall understanding of the disease, develop more effective treatments, and contribute to finding a cure. 

Your support advances medical knowledge and changes lives. Give today.

What sets us apart

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Inclusive investigation

Chippewa elders take part in crucial U of M research that will make knowledge about dementia more relevant for all people.

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MRI on the move

A compact, portable MRI scanner could make this advanced imaging technology more widely available.

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Circuit override

U of M researchers combine engineering and brain science expertise to help people facing severe mental illness.