JARA-BRAIN scientist Katrin Amunts.
Prof. Katrin Amunts is a specialist in anatomy and has headed the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine – Structural and Functional Organization of the Brain (INM 1) at Forschungszentrum Jülich since 2008. She is also professor of structural-functional brain mapping at RWTH Aachen University.
Together with scientists from various disciplines, the JARA-BRAIN scientist is working on a better understanding of the processes in the human brain using modern imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), neuroanatomy, image analysis in combination with microscopy, genetics, and methods from physics and computer science. Her research aims to create a multi-dimensional virtual human brain comprising structural aspects ranging from the molecule up to the complex system of functions in a spatial context.
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