Nobel Prize 2014 for positioning system in the brain.

Just a few minutes ago, the Karolinska Institutet announced that the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to John O’Keefe of the University College of London, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”.

The researchers’ work may lead to new treatments for several neurological disorders that affect the brain’s spatial capabilities, such as Alzheimer. “How the brain records and recalls its trajectory through space is fundamental to understanding spatial memory,” as the Nobel laureate Eric R. Kandel, MD pointed out one year ago when the three scholars have been awarded of the Horwitz prize, that is confirmed in its role of “precursor of the Nobel”.

The official press release is available here.


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