Haavik Lab

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Our group investigates brain signaling mechanisms and molecules and how they are related to neurological and psychiatric disorders.

We are particularly interested in neurodevelopmental disorders (such as ADHD and autism) and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease.

We have discovered risk factors for neuropsychiatric disorders and are intensively exploring proteins involved in brain functions, with the aim of developing new therapies.

These proteins include enzymes involved in the synthesis of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, enzymes involved in antioxidant defense and several regulatory and scaffolding proteins, such as 14-3-3 proteins.

We study protein functions using biophysical and structural techniques, cell cultures, as well as mouse models and samples collected from human patients.

We are involved in multiple collaborative projects  

The Haavik lab is part of the neurotargeting research group at the Department of Biomedicine.
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Research project
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New mental health project aims to uncover insulin-related mechanisms linking disorders of body and brain.

An important European-funded initiative has been launched to explore how common molecular mechanisms may link metabolic disorders, especially type 2 diabetes and obesity, with brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and autism spectrum disorders. Jan Haavik...

Research / Psychiatry
Jan Haavik og Astri J. Lundervold har bidratt med data til stor internasjonal genstudie om psykiatriske lidelser.

Many psychiatric disorders have a common genetic background

A range of psychiatric disorders have molecular similarities that modern diagnostic tools don't recognize. This shows an international study with 2 million participants. The K.G. Jebsen center for neuropsychiatric disorders has provided Norwegian data and analyses.

Jan Haavik og Ole M. Sejersted ved med diplom ved Det Norske Vitenskapsakademi

Jan Haavik elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters

Professor Jan Haavik, head of the Neurotargeting Research Group and KG Jebsen Center for Research on Neuropsychiatric Disorders, was recently elected as a member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.

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K.G. Jebsen Centre for Research on Neuropsychiatric Disorders

The centre works with interdisciplinary translational research on neuropsychiatric disorders, Particular emphasis is placed on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders.
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Women with ADHD often develop anxiety and depression

Compared with adult men with ADHD, adult ADHD women have an increased risk of experiencing anxiety and depression, shows a new UiB study. Men with ADHD in contrast suffer more from substance abuse and schizophrenia.

Principal Investigator:

The lab is run by Professor Jan Haavik (personal page).