Research in the Department of Biomedical Sciences is dedicated to the discovery of mechanisms underlying human disease, with a focus on neuroscience and mental health, particularly in rural, underserved, and Native American communities.

Our research strives to better understand neurological disorders, such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and the brain mechanisms behind drug addiction. Scientists in our multidisciplinary department also focus on cancer, parasitology, Lyme Disease, immunology, and cardiovascular disease, with the ultimate goal of developing new therapies to save and improve patients’ lives.

All gifts are processed by the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) and are tax deductible. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Simonson, Duluth Medical School, Director of Development, via email at or call 218-726-6876.

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Whether your gift is $5 or $5 million, all donations support the research in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.