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AII amacrine

The Neural Networks and Microcircuits Research Group performs basic and translational research within the area of neuroscience:

  • The Retinal Microcircuits Laboratory, led by Meg Veruki and Espen Hartveit has a focus on the synaptic and cellular mechanisms of visual processing in neural microcircuits in the mammalian retina.

  • The Lundervold lab has a focus on pattern recognition in structural and functional biomedical magnetic resonance images (MRI) and its application in clinical neurology and neurobiological research.

Figure: Reconstructions of a synaptically coupled AII amacrine cell and rod bipolar cell from the mammalian retina. Zandt et al., (2017) Brain Struct Funct 222:151-182

More LASER power with funding from NORBRAIN3

NORBRAIN3: New 2-photon microscope with simultaneous 2-photon uncaging

We multiply our 2-photon microscopy power with a new custom-built microscope for 3D scanning with simultaneous photo-stimulation and 2-photon uncaging. Available soon as a core facility for researchers in Norway.

New paper published

Student work pays off!

Congratulations to David (Medical Student Research Programme) and Maren, Kaykobad and Yola (8-week BMED320 students)! Their concentrated work resulted in a shared second author position on a new paper from our lab. Congratulations also to first author Jian Hao, an MD/PhD student soon finishing in...

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Extrasynaptic glutamate receptors in the retina

The Retinal Microcircuits Research Group investigates how neurons in the retina communicate to produce vision. In their latest study, they looked outside the conventional neural circuits and found some unexpected receptor molecules in unexpected locations.

Visionaries of the Quarter
Meg and Espen have been chosen as Visionaries of the Quarter

European Vision Institute selects Meg and Espen as Visionaries of the Quarter for summer 2021

Meg Veruki and Espen Hartveit from the Retinal Microcircuits Research Group at the Department of Biomedicine have been chosen to be the Visionaries of the Quarter for the European Vision Institute.

Multiphoton Microscopy

Recently published! Multiphoton Microscopy edited by Espen Hartveit, group leader and co-PI of the Retinal Microcircuits Group.

This book covers the latest techniques and strategies used in multiphoton excitation (MPE) microscopy. Chapters cover the fundamentals of MPE microscopy as applied to both in vitro and in vivo experimental systems; information on how to combine MPE microscopy with targeted electrophysiological recordings, calcium imaging, and transmembrane voltage imaging; methods to investigate cellular and large-scale neural morphology; signaling in astrocytes; and ways to use MPE microscopy to study the retina.