Bakgrunn og aktiviteter
Position: I work 50% as a researcher in the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer's Disease, and (from 1.10.22) 50% as a sustainability coordinator at Dept. of Neuromedicine and Movement Science (INB) / Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH).
Scientific interest: Translational neuroscience. Being a neuroscientist with a background as a medical doctor, I have a strong interest in translational neuroscience. My research focus is the neurophysiology of cognition, with a special focus on memory and action control / decision making. I have studied rodents and humans, including both healthy controls and patients with different types of brain disorders, using different methods. My aim is to bridge knowledge across studies in animals and humans, and to translate recent insights in the neurophysiology of cognitive functions into better understanding of human brain disorders. On a broader level of translation, I am interested in the transition from knowledge to action, and its relevance for environmental actions ('green neuroscience').
Sustainability. One question has bugged me increasingly: "Why science, if we don't act accordingly?" Or, as school strike founder Greta Thunberg asked in her speach to the UN (2018): "What is the point of learning facts when the most important facts clearly means nothing to our society?" Since 2021 I got the opportunity to get involved in sustainability work at the MH faculty, first as a member of the INB sustainability working group, and from 1.10.22 as a sustainability coordinator (50%) at INB / MH. I am very excited about this task, please feel free to contact me about sustainability.
Background: Cognitive neurophysiology and medicine
Medical doctor (NTNU) with research programme, medical internship / 'turnus' (St. Olavs Hospital and Røros Medical Centre).
PhD in Neuroscience (Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience / Centre for Neural Computation, NTNU). PhD thesis: Spatial representation in the brain - hippocampal impact on entorhinal grid cells.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's disease - clinical, neurophysiological and cognitive neuroscience aspects, with focus on action selection and decision making (Dept. of Neuromedicine / St. Olav's Hospital, Trondheim and National Institutes of Health, USA).
Neurophysiology of the human temporal and frontal lobes related to memory, in context of epilepsy (National Institutes of Health, USA).
Memory and representation of space and time in the human brain, in context of Alzheimer's disease and COVID-19 (K.G. Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer's Disease - WP 4 & 5, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU / Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany / Dept. of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, NTNU).
Course coordinator for NEVR3003 - Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience (MSc neuroscience)
Lecturer in neuroscience for multiple educational levels in neuroscience, medicine and psychology
Special interest in teaching scientific literacy
Speaker about 'What is sustainability' (from the perspective of an non-expert but engaged academic)
Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid
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- (2019) During hippocampal inactivation, grid cells maintain synchrony, even when the grid pattern is lost. eLIFE. vol. 8.
- (2018) The Subthalamic Nucleus: Unravelling New Roles and Mechanisms in the Control of Action. The Neuroscientist. vol. 25.
- (2014) Topography of head direction cells in medial entorhinal cortex. Current Biology. vol. 24 (3).
- (2013) Grid cells require excitatory drive from the hippocampus. Nature Neuroscience. vol. 16 (3).
- (2012) 702.12/DDD28 - Entorhinal grid cells require excitatory drive from the hippocampus. SFN Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner.
- (2012) 702.08/DDD24 - An inhibitory network of grid cells. SFN Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner.
- (2012) 702.05/DDD21 - The topographical organization of head direction signals in medial entorhinal cortex. SFN Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner.
- (2011) A brain full of maps. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. vol. 45.
- (2010) Hippocampal contribution to maintenance of entorhinal grid fields. Society for Neuroscience : Abstracts.
- (2009) Frequency of gamma oscillations routes flow of information in the hippocampus. Nature. vol. 462 (7271).
- (2008) Hippocampus-independent phase precession in entorhinal grid cells. Nature. vol. 453.
- (2005) Interneurons in CA1 stratum oriens respond differentially to specific input patterns. Abstracts - Society for Neuroscience. vol. 31.
- (2014) Spatial Representation in the Brain - Hippocampal Impact on Entorhinal Grid Cells. 2014. ISBN 978-82-471-4750-4.