Prof. Dr. med. Emrah Düzel
- Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia Research, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
- Speaker German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases e.V., Site Magdeburg
- Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
- Coordinator of JPND AG "EUFIND" - European Network for Ultra High Field Imaging in Neurodegenerative Diseases
I have been trained as a neurologist in Germany (in Bonn and Magdeburg) and have a long-standing interest in the functional anatomy of human episodic memory networks, neuromodulatory circuits, their alterations in aging and early stages of neurodegeneration and their scope for plasticity. For this purpose, my group uses and advances multimodal imaging techniques including fMRI, EEG / MEG and PET. We are particularly interested in how the degeneration of dopaminergic and noradrenergic neurotransmitter systems contribute to cognitive dysfunction in old age by impacting on motivation, decision making, memory consolidation and plasticity. We approach this problem from the vantage point of how declarative memory processes, motivation and decisions making interact.