About Norbrain

NORBRAIN provides nationwide access to cutting-edge neurotechnology, and offers services to researchers from universities in Norway and other national users. The access to new technologies will attract not only investigators in basic research disciplines at the universities but also biopharma and diagnostics companies with a potential for translating basic research to treatment and industrial application.


  • NORBRAIN enables research to determine neural mechanisms of behavior and crack the neural codes of the brain.

Key goals

  • To provide state-of-the-art research tools with a capacity for enabling novel insight into how complex mental functions and dysfunctions emerge from distributed neuronal activity in local brain circuits.
  • To apply knowledge from basic science for the development of new diagnostic tools and treatments for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.


  • NORBRAIN is hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with University of Oslo (UiO) and University of Bergen (UiB) as partners.
  • NORBRAIN facilities are shared between UiO, UiB and NTNU.


  • In 2011 an infrastructure for level-spanning neuroscience technology – NORBRAIN – was established at NTNU and the University of Oslo (Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience – CMBN) through the Research Council’s Large-Scale infrastructure Program. But as neurotechnology develops at a rate comparable to computer- and cell phone technology, one has seen the need to update and expand facilities to stay on top and keeping Norway at the leading edge of neuroscience. Therefore, with RCN funding, NORBRAIN have been able to expand. New partner University of Bergen (UiB) has a unique profile on cellular-synaptic physiology. 

A story of success

  • Establishing a large-scale infrastructure for 21st century neuroscience – NORBRAIN1 – clearly changed the scene. The project has been immensely successful, attracting more than 400 internal and external users on 100 research projects and resulting in almost a dozen Nature, Science and Cell papers in basic neuroscience since its inception in 2012.
  • In 2014 the Mosers were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work on spatial computation in entorhinal cortex. Several promising young research groups have branched off from the Mosers, many of whom perform circuit analyses of different brain functions in different brain systems in new laboratories at NTNU and elsewhere.