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Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Is a leading research institute founded by Nobel Laureates May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser in 1996 to investigate the emergence of higher brain functions.

The neuroscience research institute led by Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser and Bjarne Foss, now comprises five research centres:

  • Centre for Algorithms of the Cortex (CAC)
  • Centre for Neural Computation (CNC)
  • Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits (BKC)
  • K.G. Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer’s Disease (JCA)
  • Mohn Research Center for the Brain (MCB)

The Kavli Institute is an interdisciplinary village of experts with the common desire to understand how complex information is encoded in high-level neural networks and how complex behaviours arise from these codes and systems.

The institute staff is organized in eleven research groups, and several support groups such as Animal Tech, Technical Group, Kavli Communication, and an Administrative team.

The department is responsible for an international Master's degree programme in Neuroscience, and has joint responsibility for the PhD programme in Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU, and The Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience (NRSN) organised and run by KISN with the support and participation from the major Norwegian universities.

The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience is a Centre of Excellence (CoE) since 2002, a Kavli Foundation Institute since 2007, a Braathen-Kavli Centre since 2015, a department at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since 2017, a K.G. Jebsen Centre since 2020, and a Mohn Research Centre since 2021.

Research focus

Research focus

The normal human brain is made up of about 100 billion nerve cells (neurons). Each nerve cell can have an average of approximately 10-20,000 points of contact with other nerve cells. These contact points are called synapses, which is where the storage of memories takes place.

Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience explore the brain's functioning by detecting and analysing the electrical signals in the brain, primarily in the regions of the brain called the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus. The hippocampus is an older part of the cerebral cortex and has a central role in the functioning of human and animal memory, while the entorhinal cortex contains grid cells, border cells, direction cells, and speed cells that together give the brain the ability to make highly advanced maps.

Since the centre’s inception, Kavli researchers have used laboratory rats as study animals. In the experiments, rats run around in boxes and corridors chasing treats. Simultaneously, very thin electrodes inserted into their brains enable researchers to detect their brain activity. The electrodes, placed in the space between the brain cells, are so sensitive that they distinguish signals from individual neurons in the network. Today KISN research groups study higher brain functions in rats, mice, zebrafish and humans using experimental and theoretical approaches.

Boards

Boards

Carla J. Shatz
Carla J. Shatz
Chairman, Professor Stanford University, California
Professor Larry Abbott. Photo.
Larry Abbott
Professor, Columbia University, New York
Catherine Dulac. Photo.
Catherine DuLac
Professor, Harvard University, Massachusetts
Rainer Friedrich. Photo.
Rainer Friedrich
Professor, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel
Tony Movshon. Photo.
Tony Movshon
Professor, New York University School of Medicine
Erin Schumann. Photo.
Erin Schuman
Professor, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main
Michael Yassa. Silhouette.
Michael Yassa
Director of Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, University of California at Irvine
Yang Dan silhouette. Illustration
Yang Dan
Professor of Neurobiology, University of California Berkley
Pro-Rector Tor Grande. Photo: Thor Nielsen/NTNU
Tor Grande
Acting rector, NTNU
Siri Forsmo. Photo
Siri Forsmo
Dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
Cynthia Friend. Photo.
Cynthia Friend
President Kavli Foundation
Amy Bernard. Photo.
Amy Bernard
Director of Life Sciences Kavli Foundation

Robert Clifford. Illustration.
Robert Clifford
Representative of Pauline Braathen

Tom Christian Martinsen. Photo.
Tom Christian Martinsen
Director St.Olav’s Hospital

Stig Slørdahl. Photo.
Stig Slørdahl
Director Central Norway Regional Health Authority

Jan Morten Dyrstad. Photo. Jan Morten Dyrstad
Chairman Trondheim Foundation for Scientific Research (TFSR)

Edvard Moser. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Edvard Moser
Secretary, Scientific Director Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

May-Britt Moser. Photo: Geir Mogen.
May-Britt Moser
Secretary, Scientific Director Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Bjarne Foss. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Bjarne Foss
Secretary, Administrative Director Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Mina Gerhardsen. Photo: Ilja C. Hendel
Mina Gerhardsen
Leader of the
Norwegian Health Association
Karen Duff. Photo.
Karen Duff
Professor, UK Dementia Research Institute
Tara Spires Jones. Photo.
Tara Spires-Jones
Professor, University of Edinburgh
Emrah Duzel. Photo.
Emrah Düzel
Professor, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
Henrik Zetterberg. Photo.
Henrik Zetterberg
Professor, Gothenburg University

Siri Forsmo. Photo
Siri Forsmo
Dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU

Tom Christian Martinsen. Photo.
Tom Christian Martinsen
Director St.Olav’s Hospital

Edvard Moser. Photo: Geir Mogen
Edvard Moser
Professor Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Bjarne Foss. Photo: Geir Mogen
Bjarne Foss
Administrative Director Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Anne Rita Øksengård. Photo.
Anne Rita Øksengård
Head of Research, Norwegian Health Association

Stig Slørdahl. Photo.
Stig Slørdahl
CEO, Central Norway Regional Health Authority
 
Tobias Bonhoeffer. Photo.
Tobias Bonhoeffer
Director
Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, Munich
Erin Schuman. Photo.
Erin Schuman
Professor
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main
Valentina Emiliani. Photo.
Valentina Emiliani
Research Director
Institute de la Vision, Paris
Michael Hausser. Photo.
Michael Hausser
Professor
University College London
Siri Forsmo. Photo
Siri Forsmo
Dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU
Hanne Harbo, dean Faculty of Medicine, UiO
Hanne Harbo
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of Oslo
Per Sigvald Bakke. Photo.
Per Sigvald Bakke
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of Bergen

Kavli faculty and historic timeline

Kavli faculty and historic timeline

 

May-Britt Moser. Photo: Geir Mogen.
May-Britt Moser
Professor
Edvard Moser. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Edvard Moser
Professor
Jonathan Whitlock. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Jonathan Whitlock
Associate Professor
Clifford Kentros. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Clifford Kentros
Professor
Emre Yaksi. Photo: Geir Mogen
Emre Yaksi
Professor
Christian Doeller. Photo.
Christian Doeller
Professor 20%
Tobias Navarro Schröder. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Tobias Navarro Schröder
Associate Professor
Giulia Quattrocolo. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Giulia Quattrocolo
Associate Professor
Maximiliano Nigro. Photo: Geir Mogen,.
Maximiliano Jose Nigro
Associate Professor
Maryam Ziaei. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Maryam Ziaei
Associate Professor
Soledad Gonzalo Cogno. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Soledad Gonzalo Cogno
Researcher
Weijian Zong. Photo: Geir Mogen.
Weijian Zong
Researcher

Historic timeline

Historic timeline

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You are most welcome to support the brain research at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience led by May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser.

The Research Fund of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience has the sole purpose of providing direct financial support for the  brain research. 

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