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Why the University of Minnesota Neurosurgery Department?

Neurosurgery Resident Rounds

Since our inception more than 75 years ago, 15% of our graduates have gone on to lead neurosurgery departments around the world. We have worked hard to create an intimate, multi-faceted neurosurgical training experience. We care deeply about your training and will give you many opportunities to develop your skills. 

We are renowned for:

  • Introducing dexamethasone as a treatment for cerebral edema
  • Pioneering research in applying stem cell therapies to treat neurological disorders
  • Collaborating with the medical device industry to develop, apply and improve technologies associated with procedures such as deep brain stimulation for treatment of Parkinson’s disease
  • Applying cancer vaccine therapy to treat brain tumors
  • Developing groundbreaking procedures using intraoperative MRI surgery
  • Treating brain trauma using hyperbaric oxygen.

We have a vision

The next 20 years of our evolution are captured in Vision 2033.

You can participate in cutting-edge research
Because we deal with some of the most complicated and difficult neurosurgical diseases, we constantly face problems for which there are not definite answers. Our research programs are focused on better understanding these problems, which can lead to effective treatments in the future.

The neurosurgical research laboratories have developed a focus on stem-cell mediated recovery from various forms of nervous system injury.

  • Walter Low, PhD, who directs the research laboratories, has particular expertise in adult multi-potent neural stem cells
  • Ann Parr, MD, PhD, is focused on novel cell-based therapies for spinal cord injury
  • Andrew Grande, MD, has established his laboratory for stem cell mediated recovery from stroke, in partnership with Bharathidasan Jagadeesan, MD.
  • Resident Program Director Matthew Hunt, MD, is actively engaged in developing new therapies for brain tumors
  • Cornelius Lam, MD, PhD, is investigating bio-engineering artificial cerebrospinal fluid absorption pathways in his lab at the Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • At Hennepin County Medical Center, there is a long-standing exploration of the value of hyperbaric oxygen in treating traumatic brain injury under the direction of Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD.

Pre-doctoral and postdoctoral opportunities in translational research
Opportunities are available for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to obtain rigorous training in translational research in the neurobiology of disease at the University of Minnesota. An NIH-awarded Training Grant provides financial support that will allow students and fellows to establish themselves as independent investigators who will pursue research into translational neuroscience.

Research opportunities in the laboratories of more than 35 preceptors at the University of Minnesota cover broad areas of translational neuroscience. Research is conducted in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, including the McGuire Translational Research Facility, Lions Research Building, Jackson Hall, Molecular and Cell Biology Building, and the Basic Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Building (BSBE).

All trainees supported by the Translational Research in Neurobiology of Disease Training Grant must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Striving for excellence – Resident Award Program
The Department of Neurosurgery gives up to four awards each year to residents for outstanding performance. Awards are given only when the criteria are met, thus are not necessarily given each year.