The Brain plasticity and neuropsychiatry research group

Torbjørn ElvsåshagenGroup leader
Torbjørn Elvsåshagen
Group leader

Our group conducts research in the fields of adult brain plasticity and neuropsychiatry.

Plasticity – the capacity for change – is increasingly recognized as an intrinsic property of the adult brain and may play important roles in the etiologies and treatments of neurological and psychiatric illnesses.

Neuropsychiatry recognizes that the brain and mind are one, that mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and that psychiatric symptoms are commonly found in neurological disorders. One important goal of neuropsychiatric research is to bridge the gap between neurology and psychiatry.

Main aims of current research

Among the main aims of our current research are:

I. To examine whether recently identified schizophrenia- and bipolar disorder-associated genetic variants affect synaptic function and plasticity

II. To assess whether structural and functional brain plasticity are core characteristics of the human sleep-wake cycle

III. To increase our under understanding of neurobiological mechanisms underlying the acute antidepressant effects of sleep deprivation

IV. To increase our knowledge of the genetic architecture of brainstem structures and their roles in neurological and psychiatric disorders