The Nansen Neuroscience Lectures (NNLs) are organized in conjunction with Fridtjof Nansen’s birthday to honour his fundamental contribution to neuroscience.
Since 10.10.2010 they are part of the Academy’s Nansen celebration. The NNLs are given by speakers selected from the top tier of science research.
ON FRIDTJOF NANSEN’S CONTRIBUTION TO NEUROSCIENCE
Nansen is to be credited as father of the Neuron Doctrine (the idea that the nervous system consists of separate nerve cells rather than a continuum of tubes, published in two papers in 1886) and for realizing the significance of the neuropil (the ‘dotted substance’ between the nerve cell bodies) as the site of communication between the cells.