Norwegian Prime Minister opens brain research centre at NTNU
(28.02.2012) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg officially opened NTNU's Norwegian Brain Centre today as one of the largest research facilities of its kind in the world. Stoltenberg toured the new facilities and then gave a speech to students and staff.
The new centre is designed to be a hub for brain research worldwide. The university has invested NOK 42 million in the centre, which builds on the strength of the university's Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience/Centre for the Biology of Memory (KI/CBM).
Ten years of brain science
The Centre for the Biology of Memory (CBM) was established by NTNU in 2002 as a Centre of Excellence (CoE) with support from the Research Council of Norway for ten years.
In 2007, the centre was selected by the physicist, businessman, billionaire and philanthropist Fred Kavli as one of 15 prestigious Kavli Institutes. This resulted in adding a name to the centre: the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience (KI). After 2012 the KI/CBM will "only" be a Kavli Institute.
NOK 80 million for research equipment
The KI/CBM is led by Professors May-Britt and Edvard Moser, who are highly respected and internationally recognized researchers in brain science.
In addition to the NOK 42 million invested by NTNU in the development of new laboratory facilities, the Research Council of Norway awarded a grant in 2011 of NOK 80 million for coordinated investment in state-of-the-art equipment for brain research equipment.
Stoltenberg congratulates the new research centre
Prime Minister opens centre