We want to present you the eighth speaker of “The COINS 2018” conference – Svenja Caspers – who is the Group Leader as well as Deputy Director in the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) of the Research Centre Jülich (Germany).
Prof. Svenja Caspers is Associate Professor for Human Brain Connectivity in the C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research of the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany) and Group Leader as well as Deputy Director in the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) of the Research Centre Jülich (Germany). Her research focuses on the understanding of the anatomy of the fiber organization in the human brain, from single axons to large fiber bundles, for which she integrates microscopic and modern MRI techniques postmortem and in-vivo. She assesses the variability of this connectivity in-vivo in large population-based cohorts with tens of thousands of subjects undergoing MRI, in relation to genetic and environmental factors. Svenja Caspers studied medicine, business and political economics and received her MD with distinction in 2008 (awarded with the “Best MD thesis” award), her PhD in economics in 2012 as well as her habilitation in neuroscience in 2013. She was announced member and later also spokesperson of the Young Seminar of the Northrhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2013. In 2015, she received the Young Investigator Award of the Anatomical Society for her cross-scale approach for understanding the organization of transcallosal fibers in human visual cortex. From 2018 onwards, she will be leading a task on variability of connectivity in Subproject 2 of the Human Brain Project.