Brits win Brain Prize for outstanding contribution to European neuroscience
History was made in the world of science this week when three British researchers won a prize worth one million euros, awarded each year for an "outstanding contribution to European neuroscience".
This is the first time the Brain Prize has been won by an entirely UK team. It is awarded by a Danish charitable foundation and the 2016 winners were announced in London on Tuesday.
Driven by curiosity about how we store memories, the trio has shed new light on the way nerve connections – or synapses – in the brain can change in response to our experiences.
That process, called long-term potentiation or LTP, underpins the brain’s "plasticity" – its remarkable ability to reorganize itself after damage such as a stroke. It works by permanently strengthening the synapses between two neurons by repeatedly stimulating them.
Because many brain disorders are thought to be related to disruption in the process it could guide the way we treat issues such as autism, schizophrenia, dementia and chronic pain.
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