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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ITN in the News - Dr. Laura Hemmy of U of MN's "Nun Study" Featured in Episode of BBC Documentary "Heart and Soul"

Four elderly members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame

The University of Minnesota's "Nun Study" was recently featured in the April 27, 2018 episode of the BBC documentary series "Heart & Soul."  Included in the documentary are the voices of some of the original research team and some of the sisters themselves, as well as Dr. Laura Hemmy with the University of Minnesota.  You can listen to the episode at MPR News

The Nun Study is a longitudinal study of aging and Alzheimer's disease funded by the National Institute on Aging. Participants are 678 American members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame religious congregation who are 75 to 106 years of age. 

The Nun Study began in 1986 as a pilot study on aging and disability using data collected from the older School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) living in Mankato, Minnesota. In 1990, the Nun Study was expanded to include older Notre Dames living in the midwestern, eastern, and southern regions of the United States. In 2008, the study returned to the University of Minnesota under the direction of Kelvin O. Lim, M.D. The goal of the Nun Study is to determine the causes and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, other brain diseases, and the mental and physical disability associated with old age.

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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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