Gerd Kempermann

Gerd's scientific work in one sentence

I am interest in how adult-generated neurons contribute to individualizing plasticity in the hippocampus.

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Short CV

University Studies:  Staatsexamen 1993, University of Freiburg
PhD: Medical Doctoral Degree1993, University of Freiburg
Current Position: Research group leader “Adult Neurogenesis” and Site Speaker, DZNE Dresden

What is - in your opinion - your best publication?

Julia Freund, Andreas M Brandmaier, Lars Lewejohann, Imke Kirste, Mareike Kritzler, Antonio Krüger, Norbert Sachser, Ulman Lindenberger, Gerd Kempermann (2013) Emergence of Individuality in Genetically Identical Mice. Science 340(6133):756-9. doi: 10.1126/science.1235294

What is your most important prize and membership?

1999 Heinz Meier Leibniz Preis
NWG, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Naturforscher und Ärzte

5 questions about research - past, present, future

1. What are your primary tasks and responsibilities in your actual position?
Pursue my scientific questions. Developing the scientific agenda of my group. Helping my colleagues in the lab to achieve their aims. Scientifically leading the DZNE site Dresden.

2. What is it that gives you pleasure and/or satisfaction the most?
Eureka moments.

3. Which research question(s) affects you at the moment? What is its social significance?
We develop our experimental model to become a basic research model of lifestyle-dependent risk and resilience. The significance lies in the fact that lifestyle factors are so important for healthy aging but are so poorly understood.

4. Which publication influenced you the most?
The most recent one: Judea Pearl, The seven tools of causal inference, with reflections on machine learning (2019), Comm ACM 62, 54-60

5. What do you like most about AMPro? What are your particular plans within the collaboration?
It is very important that we develop collaborative aging related research in Germany. We lack an NIA-equivalent and aging research is terribly fragmented. AMPro is an excellent step into that direction.