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Columbia's 2013 Horwitz Prize awarded for discoveries that could lead to new Alzheimer's treatments
Date:12/5/2013

ry and cognitive ability are lost has great potential significance for Alzheimer's research. Scientists think that these findings may explain why getting lost is frequently an early sign of Alzheimer's and why memory fails as the disease progresses. Dr. O'Keefe's group has already shown that the place cells in a mouse model of dementia are less accurate at identifying the animal's location and that the magnitude of neuronal impairment correlates with deficits in spatial memory, as well as the amount of neuropathological amyloid plaque.

"The contributions of these three scientists to neuroscience make them worthy recipients of the 2013 Horwitz Prize," said Michael Purdy, PhD, executive vice president for research, Columbia University. "Their theoretical insightsas well as the fact that John O'Keefe trained Edvard and May-Britt Moser in a research technique that became pivotal to their workconfirm the value of encouraging young scientists to connect with mentors in their field to learn technical skills and research strategies."

Awardee Biographies

Edvard Moser, PhD, is professor of neuroscience, director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, and co-director of the Centre for Neural Computation, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. He received a master's degree in neurobiology from the University of Oslo in Norway, where he also earned a PhD in neurophysiology.

May-Britt Moser, PhD, is professor of neuroscience and director of the Centre for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She received a master's degree in neurobiology from the University of Oslo, where she also earned a PhD in neurophysiology.

Together, Edvard and May-Britt Moser have been recognized both in Norway and internationally with numerous awards and election to prestigious scientific associations, including Academia Europaea and the European Molecular Biology Organiz
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Contact: Elizabeth Streich
eas2125@cumc.columbia.edu
212-305-3689
Columbia University Medical Center
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