Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Other countries – other customs. But also other brains? How are we wired in the brain and why? The cells in our grey matter communicate with each other constantly – it is not the individual cells that count, but the interaction in an “orchestra of neurons”.
Moritz Helmstaedter examines where and how things happen in the brain. He is an expert in connectomics and investigates the network properties of the nervous system. The mapping of neural networks in the brain will help in determining the relationship between artificial and biological intelligence and improve understanding of psychiatric disorders. Moritz Helmstaedter studied medicine and physics in Heidelberg, where he also received his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research under Nobel Laureate Bert Sakmann. He teaches at Radboud University, Nijmegen, in the Netherlands and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Biomedical Big Data Initiative of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai.