Last year Dr Merzenich was also given the highest honour possible in the field of neuroscience – The Kavli Prize. This saw him granted a gold medal by the King of Norway and a banquet in his honour in the same venue as the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr Merzenich’s discovery of lifelong brain plasticity revolutionised the neuroscience world.
Plasticity describes the brain’s ability to learn by creating new connections between neurons within the brain.
Originally, it was thought that brains were only ‘plastic’ during early childhood as the brain developed. But Dr Merzenich’s research proved brains could change and adapt well into adulthood.