The Institute for Translational Neuroscience's unique configuration—combined with state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, and resources—is quickly advancing basic, translational and clinical brain science research at the University of Minnesota. The institute's access to facilities and resources is wide and far-spanning across different colleges, schools, and departments.

ITN uses the high-resolution imaging equipment in conjunction with mouse models to better understand disease progression of the brain. Neuroscience researchers in different disciplines are exploring numerous conditions and disorders spanning from movement disorders to stem cells and from devices and therapeutic treatments. 


What is Translational Research?

Translational research is the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory and development of trials and studies in humans. To learn more about translational research please visit the following:


MnDRIVE marks the MN Legislature’s landmark $36M investment joining researchers from across the U's colleges and campuses with key and emerging state industries. Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions will address complex and debilitating brain-related disorders by leveraging university and state investments in medicine and engineering and extending our vibrant partnerships with medical device industries in Minnesota.

Research Opportunities

MnDRIVE Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions announces its new Neuromodulation Innovation Grants program. The objective is to support transformative ideas in neuromodulation that engage multiple disciplines, industry partners, or NGOs to address unmet needs. We expect to fund 4-6 grants. Maximum for each awarded grant will be $100,000 to $150,000. Recipients will be announced in mid-March and will have up to two years to complete projects.


Wallin Medical Biosciences Building

The Wallin Medical Biosciences Building (WMBB) opened in December 2009 and was the second building in the Biomedical Discovery District (BDD). It currently houses:
  • Institute for Translational Neuroscience
  • Center for Immunology
  • Biocontainment Research Facility and Program

Biomedical Discovery District

The Biomedical Discovery District (BDD) is a complex of research buildings designed to allow researchers from across the Academic Health Center to work side by side in order to find cures, treatments and prevention of diseases. The various facilities are comprised of state-of-the-art space to fight today’s health challenges. Each facility hosts basic and translational research areas that span from hearing, vision, and stem cells to infectious disease, neuroscience, and immunology. The newest facility is expected to open in 2013 which will host cancer and cardiovascular research.


Center for Magnetic Resonance Research

An interdepartmental and interdisciplinary laboratory that provides unique instrumentation, expertise, and infrastructure to enable the faculty, trainees and staff at the University of Minnesota and other institutions to carry out basic biomedical, translational and clinical research utilizing the capabilities of very high magnetic fields, with particular focus on neuroimaging. 

Center for Memory Research and Care

A tripartite endeavor encompassing basic, translational and clinical research and care in memory disorders. The goals are to create and nurture scientists, physicians and health care workers dedicated to relieve suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, through safe and affordable prevention strategies and comprehensive care and support of patients and their families.

Center for Neuroengineering

Bridging neuroscience and engineering, neuroengineering encapsulates an emerging scientific field that translates research discoveries into neuro-technologies. These technological innovations provide new, powerful tools for basic and clinical neuroscience research while ultimately serving to enhance patient care. 

Center for Neurodegenerative Disease

The overarching goal is to bring together researchers that have synergistic strengths in basic movement disorder-oriented neuroscience research, and clinical neurosciences. In addition, these researchers collaborate with several different groups including the NINDS Institutional Center Core grant, the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center and the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center.

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Contact Institute for Translational Neuroscience

Wallin Medical Biosciences Building (3-114)
2101 6th Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mail: Wallin Medical Biosciences Building
2101 6th Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455