In love with the human brain
Katrin Amunts is a neuroscientist, born in
Germany in 1962. She studied medicine and
biophysics in the Soviet Union.
Amunts is among the most important neuroscience researchers today. The long-term goal of Katrin's work on the human brain is the creation of a three dimensional atlas, where brain structures are mapped. This atlas would provide a clear image of the brain and help us understand its complicated configuration and functions at the microscopic level. This would lead us to a more in-depth understanding of human's control centre and improve our ability to fight diseases and disorders such as depression, addictions, dementia and Parkinson's disease.
This work of building a 3D map has been baptized with the name of “Big Brain”.
She currently directs the Jülich Research Centre in Germany and is a professor at the Cécile and Oskar Vogt Institute of Brain Research at the Heinrich-Heine-University.