Translational research

Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits (BKC)

The Braathen-Kavli Centre is a basic research centre studying neural mechanisms affected by Alzheimers disease (AD). The Centre will conduct research on the neural codes and mechanisms underlying cognitive functions, in particular memory and the ability to find one’s way. This research is motivated by the potential implications that a better understanding of cortical functions will have for prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which in most cases begins with dysfunctions in the brain’s areas where the Centre has its focus.

The Centre will use its research on cortical microcircuits to investigate how physiological processes might set the stage for AD. The activity at the Centre may form a fundament for recruitment of internationally renowned researchers working with human patients on mechanisms of cortical dysfunction discovered through the basic-research programme at the Centre.


Scientific Director

Board of The Braathen-Kavli Centre (2015-2019)

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Stig Slørdahl

Managing Director
Hospital Trusts in Central Norway

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Björn Gustafsson

Dean at Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU

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Jan Morten Dyrstad

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, NTNU

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Menno Witter

Professor , NTNU

Rune Wiseth

Acting Managing Director
St. Olavs Hospital 

Tormod Fladby

Professor II
The Division of Medicine and Laboratory Sciences, Ahus, Oslo

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Nestor Galvez Jimenez

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

Robert W. Conn

President and CEO of
The Kavli Foundation