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Prof Dr Moritz Helmstaedter

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt Managing Director
Prof Dr Moritz Helmstaedter

Moritz Helmstaedter is the Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt.

His work aims at pushing the frontiers of Connectomics, an emerging research field occupied with mapping neuronal networks in the brain at unprecedented scale and resolution. His interests lie in the relation between artificial and biological intelligence, and the search for connectomic phenotypes of psychiatric disorders. Before he was a group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Munich (2011-2014). 

Born in Berlin in 1978, Moritz studied medicine and physics in Heidelberg, where he also completed his doctoral thesis with Nobel laureate Bert Sakmann at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research. 

Additional appointments include professor by special appointment at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands (since 2016) and Scientific Advisory Board of the Biomedical Big Data initiative, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai (since 2018).