When Per Andersen, professor at the University of Oslo (UiO), was selected to lead a CAS project, he initially turned down the offer due to prior research engagements. Recognising the potential of Andersen's work, the CAS Board of Directors chose to provide financial support, office space, and seminar rooms to one of his projects: The Hippocampus Book.

Andersen, along with fellow neuroscientists Richard Morris, David Amaral, Tim Bliss and John O’Keefe, enjoyed several stays at CAS while they worked on unraveling the secrets of the brain.

The hippocampus is one of a group of remarkable structures embedded within the brain's medial temporal lobe. Long known to be important for memory, it has been a prime focus of neuroscience research for many years. The Hippocampus Book, published in 2007, offers a comprehensive account of what the hippocampus does, how it does it, and what happens when things go wrong.

The book won the Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division 2007 Award for Biomedicine and Neuroscience, and is widely regarded as a seminal book with the fields.

The researchers have since gone on to win numerous prizes for their contributions to the field of neuroscience, including the Brain Prize, the Kavli Prize, and the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.

 

 ‘As a former student of three of the editors, I have followed the maturation of this book with curiosity and excitement. The result is a thoughtful, comprehensive and integrated account of the structure, physiology and functions of the hippocampus viewed from the perspective of some of the scientists who initiated the modern era of hippocampal research. With its historical emphasis and its attempts to put results into a broad context, this is both the book I looked for as a beginner 15 years ago and a scholarly discussion that will guide hippocampal research into the future.’

-Edvard Moser, The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).