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UK based neuroscientist wins Nobel Prize for work on the brain’s “inner GPS”

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6095 (Published 07 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6095
  1. Emma Parish
  1. 1The BMJ

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded jointly to UK based John O’Keefe and Norwegian husband and wife team May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser for their work in cognitive neuroscience.

O’Keefe discovered cells in the rat hippocampus that constitute a positioning system in the brain. These “place cells,” described by many as an “inner GPS,” allow animals to build spatial memory to navigate their environment. The Mosers’ finding of “grid cells” during their time working with O’Keefe at University College London further explains the coordination and accuracy of positioning.

O’Keefe’s success was met with great enthusiasm across the country, including …

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