Oct 06, 2014
By Andy Johnson
A researcher at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children was considered a strong contender for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. But, when the award was announced Monday morning in Stockholm, Sweden, it went to a trio of brain researchers. It was expected that Dr. Stephen Scherer might be recognized for his work on the genetic underpinnings of autism spectrum disorder. Instead, the Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded to a team of brain researchers lead by American-British scientist John O’Keefe, who earned his PHD at McGill University in Montreal. O’Keefe and Norwegian husband and wife Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser were cited for discovering the cells that help explain how the brain creates a map of the space around us.