Birte Forstmann

Birte Forstmann is one of the winners of the Ammodo Science Awards 2019. She receives a monetary prize of 300,000 euro. The funds can be used to explore new directions in pure scientific research.

Birte Forstmann works at the intersection between our behaviour on the one hand and the anatomy of our brains on the other. How do they relate to each other? And what mechanisms in the brain make it possible for a person to respond to his or her environment? In her research she focuses mainly on the subcortex, a large structure in the middle of the brain that plays a major role in Parkinson's disease.

Birte Forstmann is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Center at the University of Amsterdam.