UCL announced 26th June the appointment of Professor John O’Keefe as Inaugural Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre. Professor O’Keefe is an internationally recognised neuroscientist in the UCL Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences. His discovery of ‘place cells’ in the hippocampus made a major impact on neuroscience and played a vital role in our understanding of memory and navigation. He has been central to the development of the scientific brief for the building working alongside the design team.