‘Nobel’ prize of neuroscience awarded to three British researchers

Three British researchers have received one of the world’s most coveted science prizes for work that uncovered the foundation of memory. Professors Tim Bliss, Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris were awarded the Brain Prize, regarded as the “Nobel” of neuroscience and worth one million euro (£780,300). It is the first time Britain has monopolised the prize, with all a single year’s recipients coming from the UK. Each member of the trio made ground-breaking advances shedding light on the way nerve connections, or synapses, in the hippocampus – a brain region vital to memory – are strengthened by repeated stimulation. The process, called long-term potentiation (LTP), persists throughout life and forms the basis of our ability to learn and remember. It also underpins the brain’s inherent “plasticity” – its ability to…


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