Prof. Dr. med. Katrin Amunts

Katrin Amunts

Prof. Dr. med. Katrin Amunts did a postdoctoral fellowship at the C. & O. Vogt Institute of Brain Research at Duesseldorf University, Germany. In 1999, she set up a new research unit for Brain Mapping at the Research Center Juelich, Germany. In 2004, she became professor for Structural-Functional Brain Mapping, and in 2008 full professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at the RWTH Aachen University as well as director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) at the Research Center Juelich. Since 2013, she accepted an offer to a full professor for Brain Research and director of the C. and O. Vogt Institute of Brain Research, University Hospital, Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf.

Since 2016, Katrin Amunts is Scientific Research Director and Chair of the Science and Infrastructure Board (SIB) of the Human Brain Project (HBP), a European Flagship Project. She is active part of the International Brain Initiative, and a member of the several international boards. Since 2017 Katrin Amunts is co-speaker of the graduate school Max-Planck School of Cognition.

Katrin Amunts is member of the German Ethics Council since 2012, and has been elected as vice chair in 2016.

In order to better understand the organizational principles of the human brain, she and her team are developing a multi-level and multi-scale atlas of the human brain, and use methods of high-performance computing to generate ultra-high resolution human brain models such as the BigBrain.