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

Introducing ITN's newest Scholar - Dr. Keith Vossel 

Dr. Keith VosselPlease join ITN in welcoming Dr. Keith Vossel to the Grossman family! Keith will spend most of his time on his science and in the lab, and will be practicing in the Memory Clinic. He is likewise the newest addition to the ITN Scholar program.

Dr. Vossel received his master’s degree in biomedical engineering and medical degree at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He completed a medical internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital and neurology residency at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospitals, Harvard Medical School, where he served his final year as a chief resident. Dr. Vossel completed behavioral neurology fellowship and postdoctoral training in neurodegenerative disease at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease.

In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Vossel investigates antiepileptic and tau-based treatments for brain network dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), in mouse models and human studies. He leads a phase 2a clinical trial of the antiepileptic drug levetiracetam to treat silent seizures that occur in AD.  Dr. Vossel is a recipient of the Paul Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research through the National Institute on Aging and American Federation for Aging Research, the John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation Distinguished Research Scholar Award, and a Part the Cloud translational research award from the Alzheimer’s Association.

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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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Combining powerhouse research and clinical care to impact lives