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


A diverse group of students looking at a chart.

Registration is now open for Go4Brains, a weeklong summer neuroscience program for students underrepresented in science and medicine!

Go4Brains is a week-long program offered by the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota geared for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade high school students from underrepresented minorities. The program provides increased awareness of careers in neuroscience, provides students with engaging neuroscience learning activities, basic career and experimental skills, and establishes mentoring connections with faculty and students for long-term support. Throughout the week, students will attend short lectures, a poster session, and career skills workshops, learn about brain research, and make network connections. Students will learn useful and practical information for how to begin and succeed in a career within a Neuroscience field.

Ten lucky students who enroll in the summer program will be selected from Twin Cities schools by letters of reference from either their science teachers, an organization leader, or a church pastor. Students who are part of historically excluded racial and ethnic groups such as African Americans, American Indians, Latinos, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, are encouraged to apply on our website by taking an enrollment survey and returning the completed signed form back to us by Monday, March 15, 2021. Students will be notified in April 2021 of their acceptance into the program. The summer program is scheduled for the first week of August 2021.

Additional resources:

  • For more information and to submit an application, visit the Go4Brains website at this link.
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