Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach


Making innovative connections across the spectrum of protein misfolding diseases

Who we are

The Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach (MNPRO) is a multi-disciplinary center at the University of Minnesota focusing on the biology and epidemiology of human and animal prion diseases and related human protein-misfolding disorders (PMDs). MNPRO collaborates with a range of University of Minnesota faculty and external team members to conduct research with a broad impact on protein-misfolding disorders (PMDs), such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, and emerging PMDs, such as chronic wasting disease.

MNPRO aims to utilize comparative medicine and biology, create a think-tank environment for cutting edge science, develop strategic research priorities in the areas of diagnostics and assessment, and collaborate through targeted outreach to become a worldwide hub for combating neurodegenerative disease.

MNPRO is committed to protecting connections to heritage, improving human health, safeguarding the environment, and relieving the economic burden of PMDs.

Research based on lab techniques, field integration, and human dimensions of PMDs are the root of MNPRO's work. Scientific research coupled with outreach initiatives drive our team.

Community connection is an integral part of MNPRO. Educational outreach and programs rooted in the science of PMDs are a cornerstone of our collaborations.

Faculty and staff from across the nation are partnering with MNPRO in the fight against PMDs. View the team and partnering institutions behind MNPRO initiatives.