Newswise — David Foster, Ph.D., an assistant professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and James J. Knierim, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience in the university’s Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute are available for interviews to discuss today’s announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The Johns Hopkins researchers work with rats to study specific nerve cells in the hippocampus region of the brain. The cells are called “place cells” because they help create a “map” in the brain that helps rats navigate through their surroundings, like a GPS.

John O’Keefe of University College London and May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology discovered this inner GPS system, for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize.

Past news releases about Foster and Knierim include:

Rat Brian ‘GPS’ Maps Routes to Rewards

The Hippocampus’ Remembrance of Things Past

Where does a memory begin? Johns Hopkins neuroscientists think they know

Knierim Book Released: Space, Time and Memory in the Hippocampal Formation


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