International Graduate School in Integrated Neuroscience

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The IGSIN graduate school focuses on integrated (translational) neuroscience, drawing on expertise in cognitive and basic neuroscience, as well as clinical applications related to mental disorders. IGSIN is an initiative to respond to the challenges put forward by the Faculties of Medicine and Psychology for the establishment of a graduate school jointly shared by the two faculties.

  • IGSIN is part of the Bergen Mental Health Research Centre (BMH-Centre) that receiveds funding from the Research Council of Norway, University of Bergen, and the Western Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse-Vest).
  • The BMH-Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre to meet new challenges and opportunities in mental health research. The centre brings together scientists from the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, and the Departments of Biomedicine, Clinical Medicine, and the Departement of Surgical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine. The BMH-Centre houses expertise in psychiatry, psychopharmacology, functional genomics, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, as well as neurophysiology and molecular neuroscience
  • Unique features of the structure of the IGSIN are that it crosses traditional University Faculty borders and that it bridges basic to cognitive to clinical neuroscience. This is probably essential in any serious effort to advance the understanding of the brain and brain function, both from a basic and clinical research perspective.
  • The IGSIN has a clear translational research profile, from the laboratory bench to the hospital bed. As such, students can enrol in courses covering a wide range of topics related to clinical diagnostics and treatment, microarray technology, advanced electrophysiology recordings, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). From 2010 students will also have the possibility to use positron-emission tomography (PET). The IGSIN has a focus on attracting, among others, young students interested in psychiatry, neuroscience and clinical psychology in order to train a new generation of mental health researcher and clinicians in an interdisciplinary approach. IGSIN offers both single courses and a full PhD program.
  • The IGSIN is administered from the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, with prof. Marco A. Hirnstein as director


IGSIN is a cooperative effort between the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen.

The research training at IGSIN is closely connected to the BMH-center at the Sandviken Hospital and The Haukeland University Hospital.

International visibility

IGSIN is in collaboration with Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) http://www.fens.org/



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