Kavli researcher wins competitive ERC grant

Kavli researcher wins competitive ERC grant

(11.07.2012) Lisa Giocomo, a researcher at NTNU's Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience/Centre for the Biology of Memory was selected to receive a highly competitive ‘Starting Grant' from the European Research Council for her research project ‘Cellular Mechanisms Underlying the Topographical Organization of Entorhinal Cortical Circuits.'

Her proposal calls for using the medial entorhinal cortex as a model system to advance our understanding of how cellular and molecular mechanisms organize cortical circuits and the impact this organization has on behaviour.  The projects she proposed to fund with the grant will use state-of-the-art neurobiology technologies to bridge the fields of molecular, cellular and systems level neuroscience and uncover some of the fundamental principles of neuronal assembly and microcircuit operation in mammalian cortex.

Previously, Giocomo and her colleagues at the Kavli Institute have documented how the rat brain has a "zoom button" that enables it to change the resolution of the internal maps that the brain creates to navigate. You can read more about her research here.