Centre for the Biology of Memory, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Featured Author: Edvard Moser
Edvard Moser was born 27 April 1962, in Ålesund, Norway. He received three degrees from the University of Oslo, one in Mathematics and Statistics in 1985, one in Psychology in 1990 and one in Neurobiology in 1990. He thereafter obtained his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the University of Oslo in 1994, under the supervision of Per Andersen. Dr. Moser went on to undertake postdoctoral training with Richard Morris at the Centre for Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh from 1994 to 1996, and was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the laboratory of John O'Keefe at the University College, London. Dr. Moser returned to Norway in 1996 to be appointed Associate Professor in Biological Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, which he held until 1998. In the same year, Dr. Moser was promoted to Full Professor of Neuroscience at NTNU. Additionally, Dr. Moser is also the founding director of the NTNU Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and the Centre for the Biology of Memory (recognised as a Norwegian Research Council Centre of Excellence).
Dr. Moser has been honoured with numerous awards, notably
- The Prize for young scientists by the Royal Norwegian Academy for Sciences and Letters in 1999
- The 28th annual W. Alden Spencer Award by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York in 2005
- The 14th Betty and David Koester Award for Brain research by the University of Zurich in 2006
- The 10th Prix "Liliane Bettencourt pour les Sciences du Vivant" by the Foundation Bettencourt, Paris in 2006
Dr. Moser is a member of several scientific organisations and has editorial responsibilities for multiple scientific journals, including Science and Neuron. He is regularly invited to deliver keynote addresses at scientific gatherings.
The main research focus of the Kavli Institute and the Centre for the Biology of Memory (both led by Drs. May-Britt and Edvard Moser) is to understand how spatial location and spatial memory are computed in the brain. Their most remarkable contribution is perhaps the discovery of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex, which points to this brain area as a hub of the network that enables us to find our way. To learn more about this work, visit http://www.cbm.ntnu.no/.
- Grid cells, Scholarpedia, 2(7):3394 (2007)
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