Outreach - Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience
Brain Science Discoveries at KISN
Brain Science Discoveries at KISN
Stories from KISN
Stories from KISN
"I am fascinated by how our brain combines vision and memory to form an internal image of the external world”, says Matthias Nau.
Developing an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease is the long-term goal of a new national research centre in Norway. Nobel laureates Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser will lead the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer's Disease, aimed at determining how Alzheimer's disease arises in the brain and its early stages of development.
Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience have discovered a network of brain cells that express our sense of time within experiences and memories.
“This network provides timestamps to events and keeps track of the order of events within an experience”, says Professor Edvard Moser. This area of the brain where time is experienced is located right next to the area that codes for space.
Navigating the busy city streets, do you ever reflect on how your brain is able to guide you in the right direction? Deep inside your brain, scientists have found a neural network continuously measuring and calculating your body’s movements and position in your surroundings, dynamically updating its calculations according to the passing landscape.
Flavio Donato has been named the 2017 grand prize winner in the annual international competition for The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology, for his essay "Assembling the brain from deep within." Dr. Donato's analysis of neuron development offers an entry point into better understanding the organization of the brain, which can help trace back the precise elements of a network that all come together to produce cognition.
Report from Kavli Institute at the worlds largest neuroscience event Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC, November 2017.
The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience were hosting a delegation from the Norwegian Labour Party on 9 August.
Christian Doeller at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience has been awarded the Radboud Science Award for his research on how the brain links memories of different events to form one coherent memory.
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The scientists at the Kavli Institute take part in various activities for communicating science to the public. The tools of the trade for communicating within the science community, like peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, are not good sources of knowledge for the public. Rather it’s through popular media, like online video platforms, television, social media, radio, podcasts, newspapers and magazines, as well as popularized talks and debates taking place in the public, that the majority of citizens gain knowledge and advice about science.
Popular science communication demands a translation of both complexity, language and dissemination form, without compromising central scientific aspects. By explaining scientific relationships in a straight-forward language and contextualizing scientific facts within issues of public interest and concern, our scientists aim at not only translating information and facts into publicly accessible knowledge and understanding, but also at providing a vocabulary that allows the broader public to engage in and join discourses about local and global issues that involve both risks and benefits, and in which every citizen is a stakeholder.
These insights represent the fundament for the institute's public outreach activities and science communication plan.
Starmus represents an innovative approach to boosting public understanding of science, inviting citizens to engage with and participate in scientific discourses, by bringing together the very best of science and art into a weeklong popular science dissemination festival. The festival is pulling thousands of visitors, and is covered by major media houses across the world.
In 2016 Edvard Moser participated in the Starmus festival III held in Tenerife, with a popular science lecture on grid cells. Edvard and May-Britt Moser have since been instrumental in bringing the Starmus initiative to Trondheim (2017).
"The Grand Narrative" is an animated story about how we find our way in the environment, and why navigation is essential for life.
Into Whiteness is a story of how your ability to find your way in the environment and to remember your history, arise from activity in neural circuits deep within your brain. It is also the story of what happens when these neurons that underpin memory and navigation start dying in Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about Into Whiteness
New York Times A Sense of Where You Are
Neurosciencestuff A "light switch" in the brain illuminates neural networks
Science Magazine Beam me up, Ratty
Science news Meet 10 scientists who are making their mark
The Guardian How the brain navigates: science Nobel prize special (podcast, 52:20)
Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience A journey into the entorhinal cortex (video, 2:51)
Körber Prize May-Britt and Edvard Moser – Winner of the Körber European Science Prize 2014 (video, 9:29)
Skavlan Medicinpriset Maj-Britt och Edvard Moser hos Skavlan (video, 10:56)
New York Times A Brain's GPS (video, 6:47)
Edvard Moser's Nobel Lecture Grid Cells and the Entorhinal Map of Space
May-Britt Moser's Nobel Lecture Grid Cells, Place Cells and Memory