Institute for Translational Neuroscience


The Institute for Translational Neuroscience's greatest strength is bringing together different groups under one common goal: to advance neuroscience research at the University of Minnesota.

The Institute for Translational Neuroscience (ITN) was established in 2007 as a University-wide presidential initiative to promote the transfer of discoveries in the basic neurosciences to clinical practice. The institute is charged to enhance basic science discovery with new knowledge leading to subsequent clinical trials and establishment of new therapeutic principles or tools.

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Research Spotlight

Recap: 2017 ITN Research Retreat 

On January 17th, 2017, Dr. Harry Orr and the Institute for Translational Neuroscience hosted the 3rd annual ITN Research Retreat. Several ITN Scholars were among the featured presenters, including Carrie Haskell-Luevano from the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Wensheng Lin from the Department of Neuroscience, Colum MacKinnon from the Department of Neuroscience, and guest speaker John Day from Stanford University. 

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Dr. Orr addresses the crowd at the 2017 ITN Research Retreat

The primary objective of this retreat is to exchange knowledge and gather together faculty and researchers from across the university. Through the years, there has also been a large attendance of undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs who contribute their own findings at the poster session. This year, 14 separate labs were represented at the poster session and filled the event space with energy and great discussion.

It is the Institute’s hope that this event will continue to attract researchers with diverse specialities, and facilitate conversations with multiple centers and departments.

Visit our Event page to learn more about the Retreat and see event photos.


Our main goal is to attract and recruit top scientists to shape discoveries that will lead to tomorrow's cures. The institute exemplifies how different disciplines, departments, and centers can work together in partnership to evolve neurological disease research at the University of Minnesota. We have built a community that encourages learning, education, innovation, and discovery all of which are more successful in a team oriented environment. 


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Moving promising neuroscience research forward


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Discoveries happen where disciplines meet


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Combining powerhouse research and clinical care to impact lives