Connecting European Neuroscience

Kiehn, Ole

Member, Brain Conferences Committee
Chair, Programme Committee for the FENS Forum (2010 - 2012)

Curriculum Vitae

Academic degrees:

1985: MD from University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

1990: D.Sci. (dr. med.) in Neurophysiology from University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

A. Academic positions:

2004-: Professor in Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.

2001-: Recruited to KI through the competitive ‘Elite-recruitment’ program.

1997-2001: Associate Professor, Institute of Neurophysiology, Copenhagen.

1995-00: Hallas Møller Research Fellow Institute of Neurophysiology, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1991-95: Group Leader Institute of Neurophysiology, Copenhagen.

1989-90: Postdoctoral Res. Fellow, Sect. of Neurobiol. and Behavior Cornell University, USA.

1988-89: Senior Research Associate, Institute of Neurophysiology, Copenhagen.

1985-88: Junior Research Associate, Institute of Neurophysiology, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1983-85: Research Assistant Institute of Neurophysiology, Copenhagen, Denmark (Prof. Hans Hultborn’s lab).

B. Awards

2011-2016: Endowed Research Professorship: Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg’s Professorship from the Swedish Royal Academy of Science.

2010: Member of the The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

2010: 5 Year Distinguished professor award Karolinska Institutet.

2004: Recipient of international Schellenberg Prize in spinal cord research.

1996: Recipent of Anna Brochardt Prize.

1995: Recipient of 5 year Hallas Møller Research Fellowship from Novo Foundation.

1990: Recipient of 5 year Weimann Research Fellowship.

C. Commissions of trust

2010- Vice Director Centre for Cognitive and Motor Function at Karolinska.

2008- : Member of Nobel Assembly

2006-2010: Member of the board of Stockholm Brain Institute.

2003-2010: Deputy Chair at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute.

D. Organising international meetings

1) International congress on Spinal mechanisms for sensory-motor control in Ystad 2001. 2) Nobel Minisymposium, Stockholm 2002, on “Neural Networks and Behavior”. 3) Wenner-Gren symposium Networks in Motions, Stockholm 2006. 4) Nobel Symposium on “Genes, Brain and Behavior” 2008. 5) 2007-2009: Member of program committee for Society of Neuroscience USA. 6) 2009: Member of Program Committee for FENS for the 2010 meeting. 7) Chair of Program Committee for FENS for the 2012 meeting.

E. Membership Editorial Boards and review jobs

Editorial boards: Current Opinion of Neurobiology, Journal of Neurophysiology, Neural Development, Brain Research Bulletin, 2004-2009: Faculty of 1000, Associate Editor Frontiers in Neuroscience, Neuronal Systems. Field editor (Rhythmic Movements) "Encyclopedic Reference of Neuroscience”, Springer, Germany. Section Editor Current Opinion of Neurobiology, Motor, 2004. Co-Guest editor for two issues of Brain Research Review. Ad hoc reviewer for Nature, PNAS, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, and a large number of specialized Neuroscience Journals.

Selected Publications

  • Tresch MC, and Kiehn O. (2000). Motor coordination without action potentials in the mammalian spinal cord. Nature Neuroscience 3(6):593-599.
  • Kullander K. , Butt S.J.B., Lebret J., Lundfald L., Restrepo E., Klein R., Kiehn, O. (2003). Role of EphA4 and EphrinB3 in local circuits that control walking. Science, 299: 1889-1892.
  • Butt S.J.B., Kiehn O. (2003). Functional identification of interneurons responsible for left-right coordination of hindlimbs in mammals. Neuron 38(6):953-63.
  • Nishimaru H, Restrepo CE, Ryge J, Yanagawa Y, Kiehn O. Mammalian motor neurons corelease glutamate and acetylcholine at central synapses. PNAS. 102(14): 5245-5249.
  • Butt SJB, Lundfald L, Kiehn O (2005) EphA4 defines a class of excitatory locomotor-related interneurons. PNAS 102(39):14098-103.
  • Gosgnach S, Lanuza GM, Butt SJB, Saueressig H, Ying Zhang Y, Velasquez T, Callaway E, Kiehn O, Goulding M (2006). V1 spinal neurons regulate the speed of vertebrate locomotor outputs. Nature, 440(7081):215-9.
  • Kiehn O (2006). Locomotor circuits in the mammalian spinal cord. Annual Review in Neuroscience, 29:279-306.
  • Quinlan KA, Kiehn O. (2007). Segmental, synaptic actions of commissural interneurons in the mouse spinal cord. Journal of Neuroscience 27(24):6521-30.
  • Crone, S, Quinlan, KA, Zagoraiou, L, Droho, S, Restrepo, CE, Lundfald, L Setlak J, Jessell TM, Kiehn O and Sharma, K (2008). Selective ablation of ipsilateral excitatory interneurons decouples left-right locomotor coordination. Neuron, 60(1):70-83.
  • Hägglund M, Borgius L, Dougherty KJ, Kiehn O. 2010. Activation of subgroups of glutamatergic neurons in the mammalian spinal cord or brainstem or evoke locomotion. Nature Neuroscience, 13(2):246-52.
  • Dougherty KJ, Kiehn O. 2010. Firing and cellular properties of V2a interneurons in the rodent spinal cord. J Neuroscience, 30(1): 24-37.

Ole Kiehn, Professor

Mammalian Locomotor Laboratory
Department of Neuroscience
The Karolinska Institute
Retziusväg 8

17177 Stockholm
Phone: +46 852483951