Nansen Neuroscience Lecture 2016

The Nansen Neuroscience Lectures (NNL) are organized in conjunction with Fridtjof Nansen’s birthday to commemorate his fundamental contribution to neuroscience. The NNL are given by speakers selected from the top tier of neuroscience research.

Open to public, no charge  


11:30 – 12:00 Coffee and refreshments, mingling

12:00 – 12:03 Opening by Øivind Andersen, Secretary General of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

12:03 – 12:06 Introduction by Linda H Bergersen, University of Oslo

12:06 – 12:46 Lecture by Anthony N van den Pol, Yale University

12:46 – 13:00 Discussion and questions from the audience, moderator Jon Storm-Mathisen

13:03 – 13:06 Introduction by Linda H Bergersen, University of Oslo

13:06 – 13:46 Lecture by Rodolfo R Llinás, New York University

13:46 – 14:00 Discussion and questions from the audience, moderator Jon Storm-Mathisen

Anthony N van den Pol

 “Virus in the brain - generating neurological dysfunction or destroying tumors”

Professor Anthony N van den Pol
Professor Anthony N van den Pol

Many RNA and DNA viruses can enter the brain. Some exert minimal damage, whereas others can generate subtle or dramatic neuronal dysfunction. The lecture will first examine some neurological problems that viruses can generate within the brain, either directly or indirectly, including Zika virus and cytomegalovirus that are particularly problematic in the developing brain.

The talk will then focus on the utilization of chimeric viruses that contain genes from otherwise dangerous viruses including Ebola or Lassa fever virus, coupled with genes from vesicular stomatitis virus. These chimeric viruses appear safe and can target and selectively destroy brain tumors, including glioma, melanoma, and other cancers that may metastasize into the brain, thereby prolonging the lives of individuals with brain cancer.

Viruses can destroy the brain, but can also be harnessed to fight brain cancer
Anthony N van den Pol

Dr van den Pol graduated from Yale University and did postdoctoral work at Oxford, Semmelweis, and Stanford Universities in the areas of neuropharmacology, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology. He has two overlapping research interests. One focus is on regulatory mechanisms of the hypothalamus. The other is on viruses as pathogens and experimental and therapeutic tools in the brain.

Anthony N van den Pol, PhD, Prof of Neurosurgery and of Psychiatry, Yale Univ Sch Med, 333 Cedar St, New Haven, CT, USA

Rodolfo R Llinás

"Content and Context in Cognition: Intrinsic Neuronal Oscillation and Brain Function"

Professor Rodolfo R Llinás
Professor Rodolfo R Llinás

The talk will address the basic hypothesis that large scale temporal coincidence activity, based on intrinsic neuronal oscillation properties, generates the functional states that underlie cognition.

Context dependent neuronal network oscillation in the brain underlies thinking
Rodolfo R Llinás

Dr Llinás graduated and received his MD at the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá, Colombia, and did his PhD with Sir John C Eccles at the Australian National University. He has made a wide range of contributions ranging from basic properties of nerve cells to brain network function, such as cerebellar control of movements and thalamo-cortical interaction in cognition.

Rodolfo R Llinás, PhD, MD, T and S Murphy Professor of Neuroscience, Dept of Neuroscience and Physiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Additional talk by Dr Llinás

"Art, the Other Face of the Brain" IMB Distinguished Seminar October 11, 2016, at 14:00

The visit by Dr Llinás is sponsored by the Embassy of Colombia in Norway.


Linda H Bergersen and Jon Storm-Mathisen in cooperation with the University of Oslo, the Nansen Neuroscience Network (NNN) and Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA)
Published Sep. 22, 2016 9:40 AM - Last modified Jan. 17, 2020 11:30 AM