Professor John O’Keefe, an Oon Chiew Seng Distinguished Visitor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The Prize was awarded jointly to Professor May-Britt Moser and Professor Edvard I. Moser. The three researchers were recognised for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.
The School was honoured to have Professor John O’Keefe, an expert in cognitive neuroscience, especially on brain’s spatial location function and hippocampal cognitive map, share his knowledge and expertise under the Oon Chiew Seng Distinguished Visitor Programme in 2012. The programme was established through a generous donation by Dr Oon Chiew Seng to bring in world-renowned experts to impart their knowledge through lectures to the academic community and members of the public.
During his visit to the School, the leading cognitive neuroscientist delivered lectures to raise awareness on how the human brain perceives its surroundings and enlightened the academic community with the latest developments in the biology of spatial computations research. He met up with key people from the various healthcare and research institutions, including the National University Health System, NUS, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Nanyang Technological University, and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, strengthening ties and opening up possibilities for future research collaborations.
Professor John O´Keefe is currently the Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at University College London.
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