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.


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. 

Research Spotlight

ITN in the News - ITN Scholar Hubert Lim Awarded $9.7 Million NIH Grant

Photo of Dr. Hubert Lim

ITN Scholar Hubert Lim, PhD, is lead researcher on an initiative that has just been awarded a $9.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The NIH BRAIN Initiative works to develop a new implantable device and surgical procedure with the goal of restoring more natural hearing to people who are deaf or severely hard-of-hearing.  Over the next five years, Dr. Lim and his research team will aim to create and test a novel approach that will implant an electrode array directly into the auditory nerve, as opposed to existing implants which are positioned within the cochlea.  This approach will not only provide access to the hearing pathway for those who cannot receive a cochlear implant, but may also improve sound quality in situations where current cochlear implants may struggle, such as experiencing noisy environments or music.

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2101 6th Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

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2101 6th Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455