Alumnus and Nobel Prize winner honoured at reception
Dr. John O’Keefe, McGill alumnus and Nobel Laureate, recently delivered a special Hebb Lecture and attended a lunch reception in his honour. Dr. O’Keefe is the co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain – an ‘inner GPS’ – that enables us to orient ourselves. He has also won the Gruber Prize and the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Dr. O’Keefe’s discoveries about how space is encoded in the hippocampus have had important implications for the understanding of Alzheimer disease and other human neurological conditions in which affected persons fail to recognize and navigate their surroundings. He earned both his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from McGill University in the Department of Psychology under the supervision of the legendary Dr. Ron Melzack.