Kjell Heuser

Oslo Universitetssykehus HF

University Clinic Oslo
Department of Neurology
Pb 4950 Nydalen
0424 Oslo

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Oslo University Hospital (OUS), Department of Neurology – Epilepsy Research Group. OUS is a highly specialized hospital in charge of extensive regional and local hospital assignments. The hospital has a nationwide responsibility for a number of multi-regional and local assignments, including epilepsy surgery in Norway. It is Scandinavia’s largest hospital with more than 20.000 employees, and carries out more than 1.2 million patient treatments per year. OUS is responsible for approximately 50% of all medical and healthcare research conducted in Norwegian hospitals.

Department of Neurology covers all aspects of general neurology and has close to 50 clinical position in neurology and 8 in clinical neurophysiology. In addition there are more than 25 PhD candidates and post doctors on external funding. Research is organized in 5 groups, whereof the Epilepsy Research Group (ERG) is the largest and most productive one.

One of the main research areas for the ERG is glia dysfunction in temporal lobe epilepsy and the role of glia in epileptogenesis. This is studied through clinical, genetic and basic research. The ERG has access to a large clinical/biological database and is working on prospective clinical long-term studies, genetics of epilepsies, and animal models of temporal lobe epilepsies and status epilepticus (SE). The group is closely interconnected with the GliaLab/ Letten Centre at the Institute for Basic Medical Sciences (IBM) at the University of Oslo for basic epilepsy research and has access to 2-photon microscopy, including awake imaging facilities.