Menno Witter

Menno P. Witter is professor of Neuroscience at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He received his Ph.D. in 1985 at the VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he subsequently started his independent research on the anatomical organization of the hippocampal region. He became full professor in 1996 and served as director of The Institute for Clinical Neuroscience at the VU University Medical School in Amsterdam (1996-2006). He further served as director of the of the Graduate School of Neurosciences Amsterdam (1996-2006).  He joined May-Britt and Edvard Moser as professor at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in 2007, continuing a productive collaborative period that started in 2000, leading to the discovery of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex in 2005. He is the initiator and current director of the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience since 2013.  He is elected member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and The Norwegian Academy of Science, member of the European Dana Alliance for the Brain and received the Olav Thon Foundation International Research Award (2016).

He holds visiting positions at the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute John Hopkins, Baltimore USA, the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Centre, and Visiting professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences and faculty of Medicine, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He is member of the Advisory Board Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences – CBBS Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (2015 -) and the Program committee Memorabel, National Dementia Program, The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (2016-2021). His current work focusses on the functional anatomy of the lateral and medial entorhinal cortex. His group also works on the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease, using animal models. He published over 200 papers in international peer reviewed journals. For more information and full publication list, go to