Guest Speaker

‌‌Noble Laureate Professor John O'Keefe

John O'Keefe (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2014) is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.  In 1971, he discovered place cells, neurons within the hippocampus  that become active when one enters a particular place in the environment. He consequently proposed the hippocampus as a cognitive map for spatial memory. His current work focuses on computational models to predict hippocampal function. Among other accolades he has recently received the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (2013) and was a co-recipient of the Kavli Prize (2014).

Photograph by David Bishop UCL


Professor John O'Keefe links from University College London Webpage

Link to University College London website news for details of Professor O'Keefe's Academic profile and lots of details about his recent Nobel Prize here.


Irish Media links to John O'Keefe's Nobel Prize award

Irish Times:

UCC to honour Noel Laureate

Son of Irish emigrants wins Nobel Prize for medicine

Irish Examiner:

Corkman’s son wins Nobel Prize for medicine