First Nordic Kavli Institute Established at NTNU

16.08.2007
– We’ve reached the Premier League, says Edvard Moser, Director of Centre for the Biology of Memory (CBM) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). 14 August 2007 the Norwegian-American billionaire Fred Kavli appointed CBM the first Kavli Institute in the Nordic region.
The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience is dedicated to advancing our understanding of neural circuits and systems in the brain, in part by enabling the university’s neuroscientists to introduce new experimental and analytical methods in pursuit of research targeted at answering fundamental questions in the field: How is memory stored? How does the brain’s navigational system work?

During the announcement ceremony, Fred Kavli, rector Torbjørn Digernes, and Minister for Education and Research Øystein Djupedal signed the contract for the new Institute.

- CBM was selected for their extraordinary work within neuroscience. This research group is a world leader in their field, Fred Kavli says to forskning.no.

Kavli sold his industrial empire Kavlico Corporation in 2000 and established the Kavli Foundation in order to enhance basic research within nanoscience, neuroscience and astrophysics. The first Kavli Institute opened in 2001; the foundation aims to establish 20 institutes of excellent scientific quality around the World. The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Norway is the 15th of these prestigious research institutes in the world so far.
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