In a post-pandemic context, in which health has become highly relevant, the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Edvard Moser, came to our country to meet with university students from the César Vallejo University (UCV) and learn about our institution.
At a press conference, Edvard Moser reported on the important advances in “internal GPS” research, a study with which he received the highest award in world medicine. His work has helped understand diseases such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.
“I am very grateful to receive this award and visit this country. My research, as well as others, help to study the behavior of various diseases. For example, there are treatments for diseases such as cancer and neural issues that deserve further investigation. We know that there may be a cure to counteract this type of disease, but more incentive is needed for new scientists, “said Moser.
Likewise, the highest university authorities César Acuña Peralta, founder of the UCV; Beatriz Merino, executive president; Jeannette Tantaleán, rector of the university, and Karina Cárdenas, general manager, joined him at the head table.
“I never imagined, when founding the university, that we would have the presence of Nobel Prize winners and we already have 11 so far. In this way, we are internationalizing the institution. I thank Dr. Moser for accepting our invitation, his presence gives poise and prestige to our university. It is not easy to bring a Nobel Prize to Peru, but we do it for our students and teachers. It is an honor for all Peruvians”, expressed Acuña Peralta.
For her part, Dr. Beatriz Merino mentioned the following: “I want to thank Dr. Moser for his visit to our institution and for his kind disposition to meet with our students. For us it is an honor to have him at home and to recognize him with our highest distinction”.
During the conference, the Nobel Prize in Medicine 2014 recognized the work that the César Vallejo University has been doing with young Peruvian university students.
“I want to congratulate the work that the university does with young Peruvians because it provides them with opportunities so that they can continue in the field of scientific research. Great knowledge does not only come from great universities, but it comes from the person himself, just like me who started from a very young age on an island, far from great schools that would give me more knowledge, I did not have that opportunity”, concluded the neuroscientist.
It should be noted that Edvard Moser was also recognized with the academic degree of doctor honorary cause of this house of studies, on the UCV Trujillo campus.
About Edward Moser
Edvard Moser, scientific director of the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, was born on April 27, 1962 in Alesund, Norway, to German parents. He holds three bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oslo, one in Mathematics and Statistics in 1985, one in Psychology in 1990 and one in Neurobiology. He began his postdoctoral training at the University of Edinburgh Center for Neuroscience 1994-1996 and was a visiting postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of John O’Keefe at University College, London.
He has held numerous positions and received numerous decorations in his country and abroad. He returned to Norway in 1996 to be appointed Associate Professor of Biological Psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, which he held until 1998. In the same year, he was Professor of Neuroscience at NTNU. In addition, he is the founding director of the NTNU Center for the Biology of Memory (2002). Currently, he is a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.
Nobel Prize in Medicine
On October 6, 2014, the Swedish Academy awarded him the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine together with his wife, May-Britt, and John O’Keefe “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”, because the career of the three scientists is focused on brain research, which allowed them to discover the “internal GPS” that enables orientation in space. His current goal is to unravel how neural microcircuits are organized for space and time.
It is important to mention that the renowned scientist will become the eleventh Nobel winner to visit our classrooms. Previously, Mario Vargas Llosa, Rigoberta Menchú, Jody Williams, Leymah Gbowee, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkul Karman, Lech Walesa, Kailash Satyarthi, Muhamhan Yunus and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel did it. All of them have recognized the educational quality that César Vallejo University offers its students.
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Nobel Prize in Medicine, Edvard Moser: “Great knowledge does not only come from great universities, but also from the person himself”