GPS to the Nobel Prize laureate

On the 16th of October, 85 participants gathered at Statens Hus in Trondheim for the NNN Memory Symposium - a day with basic, clinical and industrial memory research in focus. 

The symposium was opened by Nobel prize winner May-Britt Moser who talked about "Neural maps for space". As a gift from NNN for her tremendous achievements, May-Britt got a GPS watch so she can navigate herself in space and time. Professor Clifford Kentros from NTNU "jumped after Wirkola" by giving a talk about transgenic investigations of the neural circuits of memory. Tara Keck from University College London continued with a presentation of her research on plasticity in the mouse visual cortex.

After lunch, the focus turned to clinical research. Torgeir Bruun Wyller from Oslo University Hospital talked about the clinical features of delirium and how the recently awarded funding from the National Association for Health will be employed to decipher the molecular mechanisms of this syndrome. Frank Becker from Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital continued with a talk about rehabilitation after brain injury.

Håkon Sæterøy from Pre Diagnostics

The last talks of the day were from two NNN member companies working with Alzheimer's disease. Håkon Sæterøy from Pre Diagnostics told the audience about the diagnostic test they develop to diagnose Alzheimer's disease at an early stage. The test measures amyloid beta degradation products in macrophages and is based on research from Tormod Fladby at Ahus. Pre Diagnostics aims to have the test CE-marked and ready for the market within two years. Sæterøy also encouraged the researchers in the audience to patent the good ideas from their research.

Anders Fugelli from Pharmasum Therapeutics told about their development of DYRK1 inhibitors for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. DYRK1 is one of the kinases that is responsible for tau hyperphosphorylation, and the talk initiated a good debate about the different hypotheses of the patophysiology of Alzheimer's.

The meeting was a great opportunity for scientists, clinicians and industry to meet and exchange ideas. The Nobel prize-euphoria from May-Britt Moser and her colleagues at the Kavli Institute at NTNU was contagous, resulting in a great atmosphere and good discussions at the meeting. NNN would like to thank all the speakers, the participants and chairman of the day, Jonathan Whitlock, for a great day in Trondheim!

 Anders Fugelli from 
Pharmasum Therapeutics

NRK Viten was present at the meeting and has published their summary of how Norwegian neuroscientists approach the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease: