International Graduate School in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience

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The IGSIN graduate school aims to provide an international and interdisciplinary training and networking platform for PhD students in neuroscience.

Both the interdisciplinary and international nature of IGSIN is reflected on several levels. First, it crosses traditional faculty borders in that it is a joint project of the faculties of Medicine/Odontology and Psychology. Second, it bridges basic, cognitive, and clinical applications of neuroscience, providing training in all those areas. Third, the people involved in IGSIN have a wide range of expertise and educational backgrounds: physicians, physicists, engineers, psychologists, psychiatrists, biologists, geneticists etc. Fourth, 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). Fifth, IGSIN is international with both teachers and PhD students coming from various countries.

We consider such interdisciplinarity and internationality a necessity to advance the understanding of the brain and brain function, both from a basic and clinical research perspective. Our goal is to cover the full spectrum of neuroscience, from the laboratory bench to the hospital bed. We hope to serve as a springboard for curious and enthusiastic students, helping to train a new generation of excellent scientists and/or clinical practitioners. IGSIN offers both single courses and a full PhD program.

Some key themes of research in IGSIN are

  • Reproducibility in neuroimaging

  • Language and language disorders

  • Music and emotions as well as music therapy for neurological and mental disorders

  • Impulse control

  • Non-invasive brain stimulation and its application as treatment and in diagnostics

  • Neural mechanisms of hallucinations and psychosis

  • Sleep, circadian rhythms, and stress

  • Neuropsychological deficits and diagnostics

  • Mood disorders and cognitive deficits

IGSIN graduate students have access to a wide range of state-of-the art laboratories, research facilities, and methods:

  • Multiple neuroimaging facilities, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), positron emission tomography (PET), and combined PET/MRI,

  • Clinical neuropsychological and human electrophysiological laboratories

  • Microarray technology

  • In-vivo single-cell recordings

  • Animal laboratory

  • Advanced molecular methods

  • Non-invasive brain stimulation laboratory

  • Sleep laboratory

  • Audio laboratory


IGSIN was founded by the faculties of Medicine/Odontology and Psychology at the University of Bergen. Its administration is based at the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology at the BB building. The acting director is Prof. Marco Hirnstein and the head administrator is Vivian Jacobsen Fosse

International visibility

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


Post address:

University of Bergen

Department of Biological and Medical Psycholoy

P.O. box 7807

NO 5020 Bergen


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Jonas Liesvei 91, 9. floor