Vice-Chair

Prof. Dr. med.

Katrin Amunts

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Born in 1962

Professional Background

  • Since 2013 Full professor at the C. & O. Vogt Institute of Brain Research at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-1, at the Research Centre Jülich
  • 2008-2013 Full professor (W3) at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at RWTH Aachen University and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-1, at the Research Centre Jülich
  • 2004-2008 Professor for Structural-Functional Brain Mapping at RWTH Aachen University and project leader at the Institute of Medicine at the Research Center Jülich
  • 1999-2008 Project leader “Brain Mapping” at the Institute of Medicine at the Research Center Jülich
  • 1999 Habilitation in Anatomy and Neuroscience
  • 1992-1999 Postdoctoral training at the C. & O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
  • 1992 Postdoctoral training at the Fraunhofer Institute Berlin
  • 1989 Conferral PhD in the fields of Neuroscience and Anatomy at the Institute of Brain Research, Russia
  • 1987-1991 Research assistant at the Research Center Dummerstorf, Germany
  • Study of Medicine and Biophysics at Pirogov Medical School, Russia

Memberships (Selection)

  • Since 2013 Member of the Ethics Advisory Board of the German Cohort
  • Since 2012 Member of the German Ethics Council
  • 2009-2012 Strategy Board of the RWTH Aachen University
  • 2008-2011 Handling Editor, then Section Editor “Anatomy and Physiology”, Neuroimage
  • Since 2007 Editorial board, Brain Structure and Function
  • 2006-2009, 2010-2013 Member of the Council of the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
  • Since 2006 Member of the Board of Trustees of the European Academy for Women in Politics and Business (EAF)Since

Publications (Selection)

  • Amunts K, Lepage C, Borgeat L, Mohlberg H, Dickscheid T, Rousseau MÉ, Bludau S, Bazin PL, Lewis LB, Oros-Peusquens AM, Shah NJ, Lippert T, Zilles K, Evans AC (2013) BigBrain: An ultrahigh-resolution 3D human brain model. Science 340 (6139): 1472-1475
  • Zilles K, Amunts K (2012) Segregation and wiring in the brain. Science 335 (6076):1582-1584
  • Axer M, Amunts K, Grässel D, Palm C, Dammers J, Axer H, Pietrzyk U, Zilles K (2011) A novel approach to the human connectome: Ultra-high resolution mapping of fiber tracts in the brain. NeuroImage 54(2): 1091-1101
  • Caspers S, Heim S, Lucas MG, Stephan E, Fischer L, Amunts K, Zilles K (2011) Moral concepts set decision strategies to abstract values. PLoS One 6(4): e18451. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018451
  • Amunts K, Lenzen M, Friederici A, Schleicher A, Morosan P, Palomero-Gallagher N, Zilles K (2010) Broca’s region: Novel organizational principles and multiple receptor mapping. PLoS Biology 8(9) pii: e1000489
  • Zilles K, Amunts K (2010) Centenary of Brodmann’s map – conception and fate. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 11(2): 139-145
  • Pieperhoff P, Hömke L, Schneider F, Habel U, Shah NJ, Zilles K, Amunts K (2008) Deformation field morphometry (DFM) reveals age-related structural differences in the brain of adults up to 51 years. The Journal of Neuroscience 28: 828-842
  • Amunts K, Schleicher A, Zilles K (2007) Cytoarchitecture of the cerebral cortex – more than localization. Neuroimage  37(4): 1061-1065
  • Eickhoff SB, Paus T, Caspers S, Grosbras MH, Evans A, Zilles K, Amunts K (2007) Assignment of functional activations to probabilistic cytoarchitectonic areas revisited. Neuroimage 36: 511-521
  • Toga A, Thompson PM, Mori S, Amunts K, Zilles K (2006) Towards multimodal atlases of the human brain. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 7:952-966
  • Grodzinsky Y and Amunts K (Eds.) (2006) Broca’s Region. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 419 pp.
  • Amunts K, Schleicher A, Zilles K (2004) Outstanding language competence and cytoarchitecture in Broca’s speech region. Brain and Language 89(2): 346-353
  • Gurd JM, Amunts K, Weiss PH, Zafiris O, Zilles K, Marshall JC, Fink GR (2002) Posterior parietal cortex is implicated in continous switching between verbal fluency tasks: an fMRI study with clinical implications. Brain, 125: 1024-1038
  • Amunts K, Schleicher A, Bürgel U, Mohlberg H, Uylings HB, Zilles K (1999) Broca's region re-visited: Cytoarchitecture and intersubject variability. Journal of Comparative Neurology 41: 319-341