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The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young

11 October, 2017 in Neuroscience News

FENS congratulates the 2017 Nobel Prize Winners in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

FENS had the honour to have Michael Rosbash as a speaker in one of its activities. He attended The Brain Conference on 'the Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm' in 2015, where he was a speaker in the session  'The Molecular Basis of Circadian Rhythms and Sleep'. The focus of this conference was on the molecular, cellular and neural networks that underlie the generation and regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms.

Rosbash, professor at the Brandeis University and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been working on the brain-neuronal aspects of circadian rhythms. Today, Rosbash continues to research mRNA processing and the genetic mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms.

Thanks to their research, Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young were able to peek inside the human biological clock and elucidate its inner workings. Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth's revolutions. 

Access here the Nobel Prize press release.

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