Dorothea Hämmerer gewinnt den Brenda Milner award.
Dear SFB1315 Members and Colleagues,
Dr. Dorothea Hämmerer is awarded the Brenda Milner Award 2021 for establishing herself as a leading figure in the field of cognitive neuroscience of neuromodulation, with a special emphasis on understanding the relevance of dopaminergic and noradrenergic changes for brain ageing and dementia. In her research she focuses on optimizing structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences of these neuromodulatory nuclei as well as developing cognitive paradigms tailored to capture neuromodulatory cognitive changes in different age groups. Moreover, she has been instrumental in establishing a cutting-edge concurrent fMRI-dynamic PET (positron emission tomography) imaging paradigm, which allows us to measure endogenous dopamine release during cognitive tasks in older adults. Her contributions to the field have resulted in several high-ranking publications as well as the start of an international meeting series on Locus Coeruleus imaging in Magdeburg. These achievements are nicely exemplified in her first SFB-funded publication (Liu et al. 2020 Nature Communications 11(1712)**), which shows that we can use in vivo neuroimaging to identify a cognitively relevant decline in the noradrenergic locus coeruleus in ageing. By providing cognitive as well as methodological innovations, Dorothea’s research is of relevance for a wide range of cognitive and clinical research aiming to understand consequences of neuromodulatory changes in the brain. Congratulations Dorothea!