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Medical News & Perspectives
December 17, 2014

Nobel Prize Winners’ Research Relates to Brain Function and Neurodegenerative Diseases

JAMA. 2014;312(23):2477-2479. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16188

Work by this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awardees, a British-American scientist and 2 Norwegian researchers, has had a significant effect on our understanding of human cognition and will likely lead to insights related to processes involved in the development of neurological diseases.

The award was given to John O’Keefe, PhD, May-Britt Moser, PhD, and Edvard Moser, PhD, for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system, or “inner GPS” (Global Positioning System), in the brain.