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.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
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- (2013) Recurrent inhibitory circuitry as a mechanism for grid formation. Nature Neuroscience. vol. 16 (3).
- (2013) Superficially Projecting Principal Neurons in Layer V of Medial Entorhinal Cortex in the Rat Receive Excitatory Retrosplenial Input. Journal of Neuroscience. vol. 33 (40).
- (2013) Impaired hippocampal rate coding after lesions of the lateral entorhinal cortex. Nature Neuroscience. vol. 16 (8).
- (2013) Transgenically Targeted Rabies Virus Demonstrates a Major Monosynaptic Projection from Hippocampal Area CA2 to Medial Entorhinal Layer II Neurons. Journal of Neuroscience. vol. 33 (37).
- (2012) All Layers of Medial Entorhinal Cortex Receive Presubicular and Parasubicular Inputs. Journal of Neuroscience. vol. 32 (49).
- (2011) A pathophysiological framework of hippocampal dysfunction in ageing and disease. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. vol. 12 (10).
- (2011) Grid cells without theta oscillations in the entorhinal cortex of bats. Nature. vol. 479 (7371).
- (2010) Grid cells in pre- and parasubiculum. Nature Neuroscience. vol. 13 (8).
- (2010) Spatial representation along the proximodistal axis of CA1. Neuron. vol. 68 (1).
- (2010) Development of the Spatial Representation System in the Rat. Science. vol. 328 (5985).
- (2009) The anatomy of memory: an interactive overview of the parahippocampal-hippocampal network. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. vol. 10 (4).
- (2008) Impaired spatial representation in CA1 after lesion of direct input from entorhinal cortex. Neuron. vol. 57.
- (2008) Finite scale of spatial representation in the hippocampus. Science. vol. 321.
- (2006) Spatial representation and the architecture of the entorhinal cortex. Spatial representation and the architecture of the entorhinal cortex. TINS - Trends in Neurosciences. vol. 29.
- (2002) Place cells and place representation maintained by direct entorhinal-hippocampal circuitry. Science. vol. 296.