Brain researcher, John O’Keefe, wins Nobel Prize

Posted in Awards & Appointments on 2nd Dec 2014

Nov-14-full-issue-29John O’Keefe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, has been jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine for helping to uncover the brain’s “inner GPS system.”

Professor O’Keefe made the first key discovery in understanding the brain’s navigation system in 1971 when he identified “place cells” which map the environment around us. His research into how the healthy brain functions, especially areas of the brain crucial to learning and memory, has provided a greater understanding into what changes occur during conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor O’Keefe was awarded the most prestigious prize in science alongside Norwegian researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser.

ACNR 2014;V14(5):29. Online 26/10/14

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