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Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience has been honoured by the Royal Society by being elected a Fellow for her outstanding contributions to science.

Heidi, Director of The Wellcome Centre For Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN) and Associate Head of the Medical Sciences Division (Research), is one of 90 exceptional researchers from across the world  who have this year been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences.

Established in 2017, WIN is a multi-disciplinary neuroimaging research facility. It aims to bridge the gap between laboratory neuroscience and human health, by performing multi-scale studies spanning from animal models through to human populations.

Within WIN, Heidi leads the Plasticity Group at FMRIB. Her research focuses on how the brain changes with learning, experience, and damage. As well as shedding light on how the healthy brain responds to change, her work also has implications for understanding and treating disease. 

We all appreciate Heidi as a great leader, mentor and colleague. Election to Fellowship of the Royal Society recognises that she is also an outstanding scientist who has made fundamental contributions to our knowledge of brain plasticity in health and disease. Congratulations from everyone in NDCN! - Professor Kevin Talbot

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Each candidate is considered on his or her own merits and can be proposed from any sector of the scientific community. Every effort is made to encourage nominations of women candidates and candidates from the emerging disciplines.

Drawn from across academia, industry and wider society, the new intake spans disciplines as varied as pioneering treatments for Huntington’s Disease, developing the first algorithm for video streaming, generating new insights into memory formation, and studying the origins and evolution of our universe.

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