This is an exciting time for neuroscience! The Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine was just awarded to three neuroscientists “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.” John O’Keefe is best known for his work on place cells in the hippocampus, and May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser study grid cells in the entorhinal cortex. Together, these cells provide an internal map of the external environment. In a way, they act as a GPS in the brain that can even navigate our 3D world!
This is also an exciting time for neuroscience because the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting is coming up! SfN is attended by over 30,000 neuroscientists from more than 80 countries in the largest scientific meeting in the world! Neuroscientists present their newest scientific discoveries on all sorts of topics related to the brain.
For the next six weeks, we are dedicating our posts to SfN-related topics! There is so much amazing neuroscience at SfN that we can’t possibly cover it all, but we will give you some highlights! In particular, we are excited to share the conversations we have had with some of the neuroscientists who are giving Presidential Special Lectures at SfN this year!
Get ready for #SfN14 with #KnowingNeurons!
Images made by Jooyeun Lee.