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Translating cutting edge research to world-class patient care is the highest priority for the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. Providing the most advanced therapies for neurological disorders is the goal of the Department of Neurology. To reach this goal the Department has fostered the development of a wide range of subspecialty clinical services implementing advanced therapies based on ground-breaking research in areas such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ataxia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular and sleep disorders, stroke, headache, pain management, and neurocritical care.

7/13/2020

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NEUROLOGY

The Department of Neurology unreservedly condemns the killing of Mr. George Floyd and all racial violence. We stand with our Black, Indigenous, and LatinX communities, including our patients, medical students, residents, colleagues and friends, in this moment of grief. While we cannot bring Mr. Floyd back, we can honor his unjust death as a catalyst for change.

Our Department is composed of individuals representing a diversity of backgrounds, specialties, interests, cultures, and opinions, but we are united in support of the University of Minnesota’s transformative actions to combat racism and usher in policy changes that will bring justice and further equality and inclusion. Racism has produced long-standing health disparities and inequalities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. This is painfully illustrated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous, and LatinX communities. We are committed to systemic change addressing these persistent health disparities in order to avoid further social disruption and to transform our health care delivery system into one that is equitable to all members of our community. To do this, we will listen to, and proactively seek out, Black, Indigenous and People of Color’s voices in order to break down existing walls of silence that have perpetuated these inequalities.

As an immediate next step, the Department is forming a Diversity Committee to identify concrete action steps for FY2021 that will improve diversity, equity and inclusion in our tripartite mission of Clinical Care, Research and Teaching. A working group led by Dr. Miguel Fiol, our Diversity Officer, will produce a Committee charter by August 6, 2020.

In addition, we will continue to partner with our Dean’s ongoing initiatives as well as other Medical School and University governance bodies actions. We welcome the imminent arrival of our inaugural Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and look forward to being partners for change .We approve and support the Senate's recommendation to create a University task force of students, faculty and staff to address concerns regarding how racism affects on-campus security and policing.

We echo President Gabel’s call: " So I ask you to commit to kindness. Commit to justice. Commit to community. We share our lives with those around us and we are enriched, immeasurably, by the relationships we form, the experiences we have, and the justice we can create". Our faculty and staff are committed to increasing investment in providing excellent and comprehensive care to all individuals and to support University, Medical School, and Departmental programs focused on building a community of belonging. We give you our wholehearted commitment to stand in solidarity with our University and Medical School leadership to work towards creating a more just society and healthcare system for all.

Education & Training

The academic mission of the Department is to provide a basic understanding of the causes of neurological disorders and through this understanding to develop effective new therapies. We aim to recruit the best, brightest and most motivated applicants in order to train the neurologists and neuroscientists of the future. Our residents receive outstanding training in all subspecialty areas by dedicated faculty members who view residency education as a critical element in the Department's academic mission. The academic faculty are distributed among four public teaching hospitals: the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (UMMC); Hennepin Healthcare; the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Hospital (VAMC); and Regions Medical Center. Diverse patient populations constitute a major strength of our clinical, research and training programs. Across the public teaching hospitals, the Department cares for more than 1,000 neurology inpatients per year, provides 2,000 inpatient consultations, and accounts for 10,000 outpatient visits.

Research

Research is a critical element in the fight against neurological disease; it paves the way for the development and implementation of new therapies and provides opportunities to expand our academic mission. Understanding the root cause of neurological disorders is a hallmark of the neurology research enterprise. Our physicians pioneer new surgical therapies for Parkinson's disease and dystonia and the application of deep brain stimulation for movement and psychiatric disorders, and multidisciplinary studies in diseases of muscle and nerve with a world-class Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging illustrate the critical role played by research in the delivery of clinical care. There are numerous opportunities for faculty members, fellows and residents to develop clinical and basic research skills in virtually any area of interest.

Patient Care

Patient care has been the highest priority of the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota since its founding in 1946. The department has fostered the development of a wide range of subspecialty services provided by expert clinicians; these include Alzheimer's disease, ataxia, epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neurobehavioral and neuromuscular disorders, stroke, disorders of sleep, pain management, and neurocritical care. We have interdisciplinary programs across all major subspecialties through collaborations with colleagues in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Radiology/Neuroradiology, ENT, Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, and a new program in vestibular and balance disorders is being developed. We also collaborate with colleagues in the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), the Institute of Human Genetics, the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (School of Public Health), and the Brain Sciences Center and Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.