Three British scientists win 2016 Brain Prize
Three British scientists have won a prestigious 2016 Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize (also known as Brain Prize) for giving vital insight how the human brain remembers, learns and navigates.
These scientists are
Timothy Bliss: He is a visiting worker at the Crick Institute in London.
Graham Collingridge: He is professor of neuroscience in anatomy at the University of Bristol. He is also head of the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto.
Richard Morris: He is a professor of neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh
Key highlights of their research
- Shown how neurons in the hippocampus collaborate and provide a basis for understanding how humans remember.
- Hippocampus is located deep in the centre of the brain. It is the brain’s learning portal that enables us to store information.
- Shown a phenomenon that is called long-term potentiatione. how the connection between brain cells in the hippocampus can be strengthened through repeated stimulation.
- Their research also provided better tools for understanding serious diseases such as depression, epilepsy and drug addiction.
About Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize
- Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize largest prize for neuroscience in the world.
- It is bestowed upon one or more scientists who have distinguished themselves by an outstanding contribution to European neuroscience and who are still active in research.
- Founded: 2011 by the Lundbeck Foundation of Denmark.
- Prize carries: monetary award of Denmark’s one million euro ($1,45,751).
- Prize criteria: It is awarded to scientist of any nationality although, research for which they are nominated must be carried in Europe or in collaboration with European researchers.