Edvard Moser

Edvard Moser | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Edvard Moser | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Neuroscientist, Nobel Prize Winner
Uncover the secrets of spatial representation in the brain and gain insights into memory and thinking with Edvard Moser, speaker, renowned Norwegian neuroscientist, and Nobel laureate.
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Edvard Moser | Speaker Biography

Edvard Moser is a renowned Norwegian neuroscientist who made significant contributions to our understanding of spatial representation in the brain. His groundbreaking research on grid cells, which generate spatial coordinates used by animals for navigation, has had important implications for the study of spatial deficits in neurological diseases and the neural processes involved in memory and thinking. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with his wife May-Britt Moser and British-American neuroscientist John O'Keefe. Edvard Moser's academic journey began in the early 1980s when he studied mathematics, statistics, and programming at the University of Oslo. He married May-Britt in 1985, and they both continued their studies at Oslo. After completing degrees in psychology and neurobiology in 1990, they worked as graduate students under the supervision of Norwegian researcher Per Oskar Andersen. Edvard focused his thesis research on understanding the role of neural activity in the dentate gyrus, a region of the brain involved in spatial learning. He obtained his doctorate degree in neurophysiology in 1995. Following his postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, Edvard joined the faculty at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where May-Britt also accepted a position. The couple later became full professors at NTNU. Together, they conducted research to identify neural networks in the hippocampus that were responsible for spatial location and spatial memory. Building on the previous work of O'Keefe and his student Jonathan O. Dostrovsky, who discovered place cells in the hippocampus, the Mosers investigated the entorhinal cortex, a region connected to the hippocampus. Through precise electrode recordings in the dorsocaudal medial entorhinal cortex (dMEC) of rat brains, they found that the activity of cells in this region, known as grid cells, was related to the rat's position in its environment. The regular activity of these cells produced a grid-like pattern, which led to their name. The Mosers also discovered other cells in the dMEC, such as head direction cells and border cells, which played a role in spatial representation. The collective activity of these cells provided information about orientation and navigation, similar to a GPS system. In addition to his research, Edvard Moser co-founded the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in 2007 and the Centre for Neural Computation in 2013 at NTNU. He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for Biology or Biochemistry in 2013, which he shared with May-Britt and O'Keefe.

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