Rodrigo Quiroga is director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience in University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom. He has remarkably contributed for the development of this field of study. Professor Quiroga, also Head of Bioengineering, has indeed made extraordinary advances regarding memory and visual perception.
By discovering the Jennifer Aniston neurons, brain cells pivotal to the formation of new memories, Professor Quiroga revolutionized the paradigm of study of this scientific area. This discovery may also explain phenomena not fully understood such as the creation of episodic memory or even the flow of conscience.
Currently, Rodrigo Quian Quiroga is studying how is information stored in the human brain, through the analysis of individual neuron’s electric profiles, by taking advantage of intracranial electrodes implanted in epileptic patients. Therefore, his groundbreaking work is of utmost interest and is already allowing the development of novel Neuroprosthetic techniques with true therapeutic potential.
He obtained a young investigator award by the American Epilepsy Society, the 2010 Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and in 2014 he was selected as one of the 10 UK RISE Leaders in Science and Engineering.