The Research Council of Norway supported the establishment of this project in 2003 through the Age Research Programme, and currently supports it through the NevroNor programme. The project "TrønderBrain" is a cooperation between several research groups at the University Hospital of Trondheim (St. Olav's Hospital) and the Department of Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The project is also in close cooperation with the Department of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
The purpose of the project has several separate aspects:
- To explore the connection between genetic inheritance and the risk of developing dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders
- To elucidate the mechanisms leading to the development of such disorders
- To find new or improved tools to aid early and accurate diagnosis
Most genetic analyses will be carried out in Florida. The project has been approved as required under Norwegian law, and adheres to the Helsinki Declaration.