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AN American-British scientist who helped to uncover the brain's "inner GPS system" was yesterday jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine more than 40 years after his research.

John O'Keefe, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London, made the key discovery in understanding the brain's navigation system in 1971 when he identi-fied "place cells" which map the environment around us.

It was 34 years later in 2005 that Norwegian scientists, married couple May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser, found a second type of nerve cell - the "grid cell" which generates a co-ordinate system for path-finding.

The Nobel Prize assembly said together the three scientists have "solved a problem that has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries - how does the brain create a map of the space surrounding us and how can we navigate our way through a complex environment?"


Edvard Moser and his wife May-Britt Moser in a laboratory in Trondheim. <B The 2014 Nobel Prize for Medicine was won by the Mosers and US-British scientist John O'Keefe, right

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 7, 2014
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