Neuromodulation Research Center: Jerrold Vitek, PI


Dr. Vitek directs a large interdisciplinary neuromodulation research program primarily centered on understanding the pathophysiology of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and dystonia as well as the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effect of deep brain stimulation. Dr. Vitek serves as the principal investigator for both pre-clinical laboratory studies using animal models and clinical studies on human subjects/patients. Much of his work focuses on the ultimate translation of basic laboratory research discoveries into clinical treatment options for affected patients in order to reduce symptoms, minimize side effects and enhance function and quality of life. Dr. Vitek forms key collaborations with other experts in neurology as well as other disciplines such as neurosurgery, neuroscience, biomedical science, and radiology in addition to the medical industry to expedite and enhance new discoveries and their meaningful translation from “bench to bedside.”

UMN Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Research

Dr. Jerrold Vitek is the center director for the University of Minnesota Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Research. The mission of the Udall Center is to conduct clinical, multidisciplinary, translational and basic research that improves the understanding of and develops better treatments for patients with Parkinson's disease.

Neuromodulation Research Center (NMRC)

Dr. Jerrold Vitek is the Director of the NMRC. Visit the lab site for information and updates.


Position Openings

Study Subjects

Pathway Targeted Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

PI: Noam Harel, PhD
Study Cooardinator: Diane Hutter

Maps, Directions and Contacts

Lions Research Building

Dr. Vitek's Lab, Research Office and Laboratories

Lions Research Building (LRB)
2001 6th Street SE, 4th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Dr. Vitek's Clinical Office

Phillips Wangensteen Building (PWB)
12th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55455