British scientists win neuroscience prize

A trio of British scientists have won the world’s largest prize for brain research, awarded by the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation in Denmark. Tim Bliss, Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris are recipients of the 2016 Brain Prize, worth one million euros. The scientists were awarded the prize for their research into long term potentiation (LTP), helping explain how memory functions. Sir Colin Blakemore, chair of the selection committee, said: “Memory is at the heart of human experience. This year’s winners, through their ground-breaking research, have transformed our understanding of memory and learning, and the devastating effects of failing memory.” The scientists have shown how synapses between brain cells in the hippocampus – responsible for the formation of new memories – can be strengthened through repeat stimulation. The basic…

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