SPECS is delighted to host Nobel Laurate Edvard Moser during the first week of the BCBT summer school. August 31-September 11, 2015. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
At BCBT Edvard Moser explains the brain’s circuit involved in the representation of self-location. The metric of this representation is provided by grid cells, cells with spatial firing fields that tile environments in a periodic hexagonal pattern, like holes in a bee hive. Grid cells were identified first in rats but were then found in mice, bats, monkeys and humans, with particular adaptations in primates, suggesting that grid cells arose early in mammalian evolution.
Edvard Moser, together with John O'Keefe and May-Britt Moser, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2014 for the discovery of those brain cells (grid cells and place cells) that allow animals to understand their location in space. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2014/