John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser, Edvard I Moser jointly receive Nobel Prize for Medicine

John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser, Edvard I Moser jointly received the prestigious 2014 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain at a ceremony in Stockholm on Wednesday.

By R. Nandini | Last Updated: Dec 21, 2014, 21:32 PM IST
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Stockholm: John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser, Edvard I Moser jointly received the prestigious 2014 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain at a ceremony in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The Nobel Laureates have discovered a positioning system, an "inner GPS" in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space, demonstrating a cellular basis for higher cognitive function, the Nobel committee said.

John O'Keefe,75, an American by birth is currently the Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in Neural Circuits and Behaviour at University College London.

May-Britt Moser, 51, a Norwegian is currently the Director of the Centre for Neural Computation in Trondheim.

Edvard I Moser, 52 is also a Norwegian who is presently the Director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Trondheim.

May‐Britt and Edvard Moser is the fifth married couple to be awarded a Nobel Prize.

While one half of the prize goes to John O’Keefe, the other half is shared by May-Britt Moser and Edvard I Moser.