Edvard Moser, Ph.D.
Edvard Moser, Ph.D., is director and a founder of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Norway, as well as co-director of the Centre for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His work, conducted with May-Britt Moser as a long-term collaborator, includes the discovery of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex, which provides the first clues to a neural mechanism for the metric of spatial mapping. In 2013, he, his wife, and mentor John O’Keefe were awarded Columbia University’s Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for discoveries that have illuminated how the brain calculates location and navigation. He is a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He was awarded a Ph.D. in neurophysiology from the University of Oslo in 1995.
Mapping Your Every Move
In 2005, authors May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser discovered grid cells, which are types of neurons that are central to how the brain calculates location and navigation. Since that time, they have worked to learn how grid cells communicate with other types of neurons—place cells, border cells, and head direction cells—to affect spatial awareness, memory, and decision-making. Because the entorhinal cortex, which contains the grid-cell navigation system, is often damaged in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, future research to better understand how cognitive ability and memory are lost has great potential significance for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.