Nobel Prize Laureates

Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience is a Kavli Foundation Institute since 2007, a Centre of Excellence since 2002, and a department under the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences NTNU. The research centre was established in 1996.

Kavli Institute is consisting of the centres Centre for Neural Computation (CoE) and Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits. The staff is organized into nine work units: seven research labs with associated team of scientists, students and technicians under the leadership of eight principal investigators, as well as one support group and one technical group. The department is responsible for an international Master of Science in Neuroscience programme and is connected to the Ph.D. programme in Medicine.

Milestones

  • 1996: Research group with two employees: May-Britt and Edvard Moser. Their first research lab at NTNU is built from a bomb shelter. Their research focus is navigation and memory in the brain.
  • 2002: Centre for the Biology of Memory is established as part of a new Centre of Excellence scheme by the Research Council of Norway (funding period: 2002-2012).
  • 2005: International breakthrough: the discovery of grid cells.
  • 2007: Principal investigator Menno Witter starts up new research group at Kavli.
  • 2007: The research centre becomes a Kavli institute – the fifteenth in the world, the fourth within neuroscience, the third in Europe, the first and only in Norway.
  • 2011: The Kavli Institute becomes part of NORBRAIN, with Edvard Moser as the national project leader. NORBRAIN is one of the world’s largest infrastructures for research on complex mental functions and dysfunctions, like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
  • 2012: The Kavli Institute is awarded a second Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Neural Computation is established (funding period: 2012-2022).
  • Principal investigator Jonathan Whitlock starts up new research group at Kavli.
  • Principal investigator Yasser Roudi starts up new research group at Kavli.
  • 2013: Principal investigator Clifford Kentros starts up new research group at Kavli.
  • 2014: May-Britt and Edvard Moser receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine together with John O’Keefe for their discovery of the brain’s navigation system.
  • 2014: Principal investigator Emre Yaksi starts up new research group at Kavli.
  • 2015: Creation of Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits.
  • 2016: Principal investigator Christian Doeller starts up new research group at Kavli.
  • 2017: The Kavli Institute is an internationally leading centre of competence for brain research. The Institute hosts seven research groups, eight principal investigators, 100+ employees and an international student environment.

Faculty

Photo of May-Britt Moser

May-Britt Moser
Professor, Director of Centre for Neural Computation

Photo of Edvard Moser

Edvard Moser
Professor, Director of Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Photo of Menno Witter

Menno Witter
Professor

Photo of Cliff Kentros
Cliff Kentros
Professor
Photo of Yasser Roudi

Yasser Roudi
Professor

Photo of Jonathan Whitlock
Jonathan Whitlock
Researcher

Photo of Emre Yaksi

Emre Yaksi
Associate Professor

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Christian Doeller
Professor, Director of Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits

Boards

Scientific Advisory Board, 2013-2023

Carla Shatz
Chairman
Professor, Stanford University, USA

Erin Schulman
Professor, Max Planch Institute for Brain Research, Germany

Rainer Friedrich
Professor, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland

Thomas Jessel
Professor, Colombia University, USA

Tony Movshon
Professor, New York University, USA 

Board of The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Kari Melby
Chairman
NTNU

Björn Gustafsson
Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
Professor

Jan Morten Dyrstad
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, NTNU

Stig Slørdahl
Managing Director, Hospital Trusts in Central Norway

Edvard Moser
Secretary, Professor, Kavli Institute, NTNU

May-Britt Moser
Secretary, Professor, Kavli Institute, NTNU

Board of The Centre for Neural Computation

 
Björn Gustafsson

Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
Professor

Tore O. Sandvik
County Council Chair
Sør-Trøndelag County

Anne Borg
Pro-Rector for Education, NTNU

Geir Egil Øien
Dean, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, NTNU

Nils Kvernmo
Managing Director, St. Olav's Hospital

May-Britt Moser
Secretary, Professor, Kavli Institute, NTNU

Board of The Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortial Microcircuits, 2015-2019

Kari Melby
Chairman
NTNU

Björn Gustafsson
Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
Professor

Jan Morten Dyrstad
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, NTNU

Menno Witter
Professor, Kavli Institute, NTNU

Stig Slørdahl
Managing Director, Hospital Trusts in Central Norway

Nils Kvernmo
Managing Director, St. Olav's Hospital

Nestor Galvez Jimenez
MD, Cleveland Clinic
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology, CCF-Florida, USA

Miyoung Chun
Executive Vice President of Science Programs at The Kavli Foundation, Los Angeles, USA 

Edvard Moser
Secretary, Professor, Kavli Institute, NTNU

May-Britt Moser
Secretary, Professor, Kavli Institute, NTNU

Kavli Neuroscience Institutes