Background and activities
Menno P. Witter heads the functional neuroanatomy research group, started in 2007. He is Chair of the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience.
Menno P. Witter received his Ph.D. at the VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he subsequently started his independent research on the anatomical organization of the hippocampal region. He trained with David Amaral at the Salk Institute and Gary Van Hoesen at the University of Iowa. In his early work, he postulated the existence of functional differentiations within both the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex.
Witter joined May-Britt and Edvard Moser as professor at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience NTNU in 2007, concluding a productive collaborative period leading to the discovery of grid cells. His current work focusses on the functional architecture of the lateral and medial entorhinal cortex. His group also works on the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease, using animal models.
Menno Witter was recently elected a boardmember of the Norwegian Health Association’s Dementia Research Program. He is the initiator and director of the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience and an elected member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and The Norwegian Academy of Science.