Department of Neuroscience

About the Department

The Department of Neuroscience (INM) comprises the medical specialties which investigates and treat injuries and diseases of the head, nervous system, sense organs, and musculoskeletal system. The department conducts teaching, research and innovation within these fields.

The department has about 180 employees, including academic as well as technical and administrative staff. The many disciplines that are represented in the department gives us uniqe opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

Our activities take place in close collaboration with St. Olavs University Hospital as well as the municipalities. There is also close cooperation with other basic research centres such as the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuro Science / Centre for Neuronal Computation.


The department is lead by Head of Department Lars Jacob Stovner, Deputy Head of Research Jorunn L. Helbostad, Deputy Head Education Wenche Moe Thorstensen and Head of Office Torill Naavik.

Departmental groups

The department's many research groups and projects are organised in seven departmental groups:

Unit for Neuro (Neurology, Neuro surgery. Clinical neurophysiology, Imaging and Laboratories)
Group leader: Lars Jacob Stovner

Unit for Movement, Stroke and Geriatrics
Group leader: Jorunn L. Helbostad

Unit for Adult Psychiatry
Group leader: Gunnar Morken

Unit for Ortopedics and Rheumatology
Group leader: Jon Olav Drogset

Unit for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Group leader: Toril Skandsen

Unit for Ear Nose and Throat, Jaw, Eye
Group leader: Dordi Austeng

Norwegian Centre for Electronic Patient Records (NSEP)
Group leader: Arild Faxvaag