Dr S.J. Forkel (Stephanie)

Principal Investigator - Donders Centre for Cognition
Assistant Professor - Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Assistant professor - Psycholinguïstics

Dr S.J. Forkel (Stephanie)
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Thomas van Aquinostraat 4

We are all unique human beings, and our interindividual differences have created the richness of our diverse communities and society. In the medical world, the quest for inter-individual variability has led to the new discipline of precision medicine. However, we are only at the cusp of understanding how variable we are and what these differences mean for our behaviours and in a clinical setting.
In my early research, I pioneered the demonstration that differences in the brain’s connectional anatomy have an impact on cognitive recovery after a stroke. Recent advances in the sensitivity and specificity of neuroimaging methods indicate that our brains' variability — Neurovariability — determines our susceptibility to brain disorders and recovery after brain lesions.
We use clinical-anatomical methods (lesions, structural/functional MRI, neuropsychology) in the healthy and pathological (stroke, tumours) brain to map the variability in the population and identify diverging phenotypes.
Understanding what we all share and what makes us unique will change how we approach diagnostics of neurological disorders and improve precision medicine.

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