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Torkel Hafting

About Torkel Hafting

I’m assistant professor at Institute of Basic Medical Sciences at UiO and leader of the Cortical Circuits group. We investigate processes in the brains of awake, behaving animals in order to better understand how the brain works in real time, and reveal the mechanisms underlying perception, learning and memory.

Sign up for the ScandPhys conference in Oslo

Welcome to physiology conference in Oslo 26-28 of August !

The meeting will feature world-renowned plenary speakers and a diverse set of symposia, with a particular focus on topics within heart, skeletal muscle and neurobiology.

UIO_Logo_Oslo_2016_253x400➢ FREE admission for PhD/master (but you have to register).
➢ The social program includes a reception in the city hall and the conference dinner following a boat trip to the Viking Ship Museum.
➢ For more information and registration:

Topics include: Brain plasticity, perineuronal nets, optogenetic dissection of brain circuits, super-resolution imaging,  consciousness etc….



Plenary lectures:
➢ Peter Norsk: Spaceflight and the cardiovascular system
➢ Kenneth R. Chien: Rebuilding the heart with human ventricular progenitors
➢ James Fawcett: Plasticity and axon regeneration in spinal cord and brain
➢ Åsa Gustafsson: Autophagy and adaption to cardiac aging
➢ Terje Lømo: The discovery of LTP and its significance today

DigiBrain kick-off meeting

Aim: Get together and celebrate! Make plans for the project; who are the contributors and what are the expectations. Plan activities and organization of the project. Discuss interactions with and contributions to the Digital Life Norway (DLN) Centre.

Invited: Partners, contributors and group members, stake holders, steering committee/Digitalt Liv Norge representatives.

UiO: Marianne Fyhn, Torkel Hafting, Anders Malthe-Sørenssen, Morten Hjorth-Jensen, Camilla Esguerro.
OUS: Ole A. Andreassen, Srjdan Djurovic, Torbjørn Elvsåshagen.
NMBU: Finn-Arne Weltzien, Gaute Einevoll, Kjetil Hodne.
Simula Research Laboratory: Aslak Tveito, Andy Edwards.
NTNU: Cliff Kentros
Pharmasum: Anders Fugelli, John-Sigurd Svendsen (UiT)
Holberg EEG: Harald Aurlien

Steering committee (to be completed): Finn-Eirik Johansen (IBV)++
DLN: Svein Stølen (head of board), Gunnar Dick (coordinator of UiO work group)

Where: Bikuben, Kristine Bonnevie’s hus, Blindern. Dinner downtown Oslo.

When: January 26th, 11.30-dinner

CINPLA faculty awarded huge grant for a new consortium: DigiBrain

The Norwegian Research Council launched a new strategic initiative entitled “Digital Life – Convergence for Innovation” this year, and Marianne Fyhn is leading the consortium: DigiBrain: From genes to brain function in health and disease.

The primary objective of DigiBrain is to establish a pipeline for linking genetic information to systems-level measures of brain behaviour by means of multiscale computational modeling and targeted experimental animal studies at the levels of neuron, neural networks and systems. Further, DigiBrain will in collaboration with pharmaceutical and medical technology companies, prominent international research environments, explore new and innovative ways for drugs discovery by use of the multiscale computational model.

Partners (in semi-random order):
UiO: Marianne Fyhn, Gaute Einevoll, Anders Malthe-Sørensen, Camilla Esguerra, Torkel Hafting
OUS: Ole Andreassen
Simula: Aslak Tveito
NMBU: Finn-Arne Welzien
UiB: Srdjan Djurovic
NTNU: Cliff Kentros
UIT: John-Sigurd Svendsen

Pharmasum: Anders Fugelli
Holberg EEG: Harald Aulien

Univ Julich: Markus Diesman
UCSD: Anders Dale



PhD summerschool: Understanding Measurements in Neuroscience

CINPLA organized the first summer-school for the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience 16-22 August 2015. The program was ambitious and the students were exhausted, but happy after 60 hours with intense theoretical and practical research training.

The aim of the summer school was to give the students a deeper understanding of what we actually measure with some established state-of-the-art methods in neuroscience.

Main lecturers:
Andy Edwards (patch-clamp), Emre Yaksi & Erlend Nagelhus (Ca2+ imaging), Joel Glover (VSD), Torkel Hafting (tetrode recordings), Torbjørn Ness (computational modeling), Special guest lecturer was Michael Hausser, University College London.

Read more about the summer-school here.

Cinpla PhD students awarded “Ideprisen”

With fierce competition from about 160 other projects, our PhD students was awarded the prize for their development of science-education apps.

In addition to apps for molecular dynamics and waves the team have developed an app to illustrate and understand how nerve cells interact and function in a network. These types of networks are believed to form the basic structures of complex phenomenons observed in the mammalian brain. Together with Inven2 they are now working to further develop their concept.

A screenshot of Neuronify – the nerve cell app.


Read more about this event here (in Norwegian)