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EBRAINS Joint-CEO Katrin Amunts receives Justine and Yves Sergent International Award

Katrin Amunts

Katrin Amunts receives the 2023 Justine and Yves Sergent Award in Montreal, Canada, handed over by Yves Joanette, Deputy Vice-Principal of Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation (University of Montreal), and Josette Noël, Secretary of Faculty, Medical School (University of Montreal).

The award was presented during a conference at the University of Montreal, Canada, on Friday, December 8th, where Katrin Amunts gave the keynote “The human brain atlas – mapping the brain as a way to understand its function.”

The JYS International Award is given annually by the Justine and Yves Sergent Fund, which has the goal of highlighting and encouraging excellence in the field of cognitive neuroscience internationally. Previous recipients include researchers who made outstanding contributions at the interface of cognitive neuropsychology and functional neuroimaging.

I am deeply honoured to receive this award. Understanding how the brain enables cognitive function is an exciting and important research goal, and I am confident that resources such as those offered by the EBRAINS digital platform will significantly accelerate and advance such research.

Katrin Amunts

Katrin Amunts is director of the Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, director of the Cécile und Oskar Vogt Institute for Brain Research at the Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, and Joint-CEO of EBRAINS. From 2016 to 2023, she was the Scientific Research Director of the European Flagship Human Brain Project.

Amunts and her team developed the Julich Brain Atlas, a tool that enables scientists around the world to better understand how cognitive function and behaviour are related to the brain’s microstructural organisation. It enables clinicians to plan medical interventions more precisely. The Atlas serves as a basis to integrate multi-level and multi-scale brain data into a common reference space.

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