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Nobel Prize for UK scientist

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Professor John O'Keefe, whose neuroscience research has been funded by BBSRC, has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

The prestigious award was for discovering the brain's 'inner GPS' which allows us to navigate in space. Professor O'Keefe discovered that the 'inner GPS' works as certain nerve cells in the brain are activated when moving through different environments. The findings contribute important understanding into Alzheimer's, as sufferers often experience difficulty recognising their environment. Professor O'Keefe shares the award with Norwegian researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser.

The award, announced today, highlights the excellence of the UK research community through its pioneering and world-leading science.

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