Institute for Systems Neuroscience @NTNU

How do we know where we are, where we have been and where we are going? These are questions that the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) aims to answer.

The Institute seeks to unlock the secrets of memory by studying the neural microcircuits and networks in the hippocampus and associated areas of the brain, where memory is encoded, stored and retrieved. It focuses in particular on the memory of place and direction that underlies our spatial navigation skills.

Research into brain’s GPS earns three neuroscientists Nobel Prize

"The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded one half to John O´Keefe and the other half jointly to May‐Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain."

"This year's Nobel Laureates have discovered a positioning system, an 'inner GPS' in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function.”

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