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2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

 

Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in Neural Circuits and Behaviour at University College London, Edvard Moser, Director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and May-Britt Moser, Director of the Centre for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

 

John O’Keefe became an EMBO Member this year. Edvard and Britt Moser joined the EMBO membership in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The award was made in recognition of their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.

 

From their work, John O´Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser have elucidated how the brain of larger organisms creates a map of the space surrounding themselves and how these organisms can navigate their way through a complex environment. This problem has vexed philosophers and scientists for centuries.

 

Further reading

 

The official press release for the award

Nobel Prize for the brain's GPS discovery

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