Dr. Apostolos P. Georgopoulos

From: Patras, Greece  Current City: Minneapolis, MN
"We risked it all. We left everything behind, came as a family of four with no guarantee beyond a year, and here we are, doing pretty well in Minnesota."
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Dr. Apostolos P. Georgopoulos has given up many things in order to pursue his dream of studying the brain. His sacrifices have led to a number of scientific contributions that have helped shaped the field of neuroscience.

Born in Patras, Greece, Dr. Georgopoulos had his first taste of American life through the colorful magazines his uncle brought him from his time living in Chicago and serving in the American Legion. At age 13, Dr. Georgopoulos moved to Athens where he would eventually study at the University of Athens.

After completing his studies, Dr. Georgopoulos completed a year of military service and looked for research opportunities abroad. He was accepted as a Fellow under Vernon Mountcastle at Johns Hopkins University, one of the important medical institutions in the world. Although Dr. Georgopoulos would return to Greece after a few years, he came back to the United States to continue his passion for neuroscience research.

Dr. Georgopoulos is one of the pioneers of modern neuroscience. His scientific contributions include discovering the subthalamic nucleus and its role in Parkinson’s Disease, creating the foundation for neuroprosthetics, establishing the field of computational neuroscience, and the mapping of several brain processes via magnetoencephalography. Currently Dr. Georgopoulos is currently Regents Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and the Director of the Brain Science Center at the VA hospital. In addition, he holds the McKnight Presidential Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and the American Legion Brain Sciences Chair.

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