The BCBT summer school, together with CSN II is proud to announce the participation of Nobel Laurate Edvard Moser during the first week of the school. August 31-September 11, 2015. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Edvard Moser will talk about 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/
Edvard Moser is professor of neuroscience and director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. To know more about Edvard Moser's research go to http://www.ntnu.edu/kavli/research/moser