How do we remember some of the daily events in our life, and why do we forget others? — How do we recall the route that we have to travel to get from home to work, even when faced with a road block? — How do we learn from our experiences and use the acquired knowledge to inform our future decisions? — These and related questions drive our research in the Kloosterman Lab.

Through studies at the level of neural circuits and systems, we aim to reveal the fundamental mechanisms by which the mammalian brain represents, stores and processes information, and how memories are used by an organism to guide its behavior. The results of our work will not only shed light on the basic operation of memory systems in the brain, but also provide us with clues on where these systems fail under pathological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, sleep disorders and epilepsy. [Read more]

NERF websiteThe Kloosterman Lab is part of NeuroElectronics Research Flanders (NERF), a new research institute in Leuven, Belgium which aims to unravel the anatomical and functional fundamentals of neuronal circuits in vivo. NERF was founded by KU Leuven, VIB and Imec, and provides a strongly collaborative environment with interdisciplinary research teams.