Prestigious award to Norwegian researchers

The prestigious 2011 Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine has been awarded to the Norwegian neurobiologists Edvard and May-Britt Moser at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Edvard and May-Britt Moser are Director and Co-director respectively of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at NTNU in Trondheim.

The two share the prize for their discovery of "grid cells" in the brain. These neurons have a spesific function as regards spatial respresentation, and allows mammals to know precisely their spatial location (have a sence of locality) and to move from one place to another.

They say they will use the NOK 4 million prize money to continue their research.

The award ceremony will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on Thhursday April 14th 2011.