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. 



ITN SCHOLAR David darrow RECOGNIZED FOR nerve stimulation work

The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently featured ITN Scholar David Darrow, MD along with his HCMC collaborators for their E-STAND clinical trial investigating epidural spinal cord stimulation implants to restore movement in patients who have suffered paralysis after a spinal cord injury. The trial could be the first that compels the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve a device that restores function after spinal cord injuries.


Moving promising neuroscience research forward


Discoveries happen where disciplines meet


Combining powerhouse research and clinical care to impact lives