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Welcome to the Netoff Epilepsy Lab


Our research laboratory focuses on understanding the basic neuroscience underlying epilepsy and developing new ways to treat epilepsy. The human brain is one of the complicated and elegant structures in the natural world. Using mathematic analysis we can simplify the non-linear and high order activity of the brain into meaningful and more easily understood data. Using the mathematical models we develop, we can predict how new drugs will affect brain activity or how deep brain stimulation will alter synchrony in networks. Our goal is develop new, innovative ways to predict, treat, and terminate seizures to improve patient care.

The goal of the NeuralNetoff lab is to better understand how seizures are generated and how they propagate through the brain. We are particularly interested in how inhibitory neurons play a role in seizure activity. Much epilepsy research has focused on the excitatory cells because the large amount of activation of neurons during a seizure. Our research leads us to believe that inhibitory cells may play a significant role in the onset of seizures.


June 2016 -- Tay Netoff and Matt Johnson are now co-PI on a NSF REU Neural Systems Engineering program! This program will allow for 8 undergraduate students to do 10 weeks of research at the UMN.

June 2016 -- Jenny has received the American Legion Family Brain Sciences Award!

June 2016 -- Tay Netoff and his collaborators at UCSB has been issued a patent! USPTO Link

June 2016 -- Early Seizure Detection Using Neuronal Potential Similarity: A Generalized Low-Complexity and Robust Measure was selected as best paper in epilepsy by the Portuguese League Against Eplepsy group!LINK

May 2016 -- Tay Netoff and Matt Johnson was awarded an RO1 from the NIH to study methods of optimizing deep brain stimulation through spatial and temporal coding!

May 2016 -- Pantea has received the BME TA award! Who doesn't love a good TA?!

May 3, 2016 -- Abbey graduated with her PhD in Neuroscience and will be heading to Oxford for her Postdoc! Congratulations Abbey!

January 6, 2016 -- Jenny's paper title "Integrating Insults: Using Fault Tree analysis to guide Schizophtrenia Research across Levels of Analysis" has been accepted and published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience!

June 3, 2015 -- Vivek's paper title "Future of seizure prediction and intervention: closing the loop." has been accepted and published in J. Clinical Neurophysiology!

August 7, 2014 -- Abbey's paper titled "Origins and suppression of oscillations in a computational model of Parkinson's disease" has been accepted and published to J. Comp Neuroscience!

Research Highlights

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Institute for Translational Neuroscience

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