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A retrospective view on research in neuroscience in Norway
Article first published online: 24 APR 2008
Copyright © 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Munksgaard
Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Special Issue: Selected articles from the Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Neurological Association,Oslo 26-30 November 2007
Volume 117, Issue Supplement s188, pages 3–5, May 2008
How to Cite
Gjerstad, L., Gilhus, N. E. and Storstein, A. (2008), A retrospective view on research in neuroscience in Norway. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 117: 3–5. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.2008.01024.x
- Issue published online: 24 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 24 APR 2008
This brief historical review on neuroscience in Norway shows a comparatively high research activity with many important results. The Norwegian zoologist Fridtjof Nansen, who later became a famous Arctic explorer, was the first to formulate the neuron doctrine. ‘The Oslo School of Neuroanatomy’ contributed enormously to the understanding of the detailed anatomy and chemistry of the central nervous system. Norwegian neurophysiologists made important findings from studies of hippocampus including the inhibitory basket cell, the LTP phenomenon and the ‘hippocampal-slice-technique’. In clinical neuroscience the description of Refsum's disease and studies of myasthenia gravis and multiple sclerosis have been of particular importance. Two of 13 centres of excellence in Norway selected in 2003 were from neuroscience, and The Norwegian Research Council has its own programme for neuroscience. The Norwegian Neurological Association arranges annual meetings to promote interest in neurological research.