In recognition of her outstanding scientific accomplishments, the Hector Foundation has chosen Prof Brigitte Röder as the 2018 recipient of its yearly science award. A neuropsychologist, Prof Röder has spent her career researching the interplay of different sensory pathways and the neuroplasticity of children and adults. Her work has already received numerous other laurels – in 2014, for example, she was awarded a prestigious Leibniz prize from the German research foundation (DFG), which is considered to be one of the highest scientific accolades in Germany.
One of Prof Röder's current research focuses is finding out why humans have troubles learning some tasks as adults when they are lacking certain childhood experiences. The first few years of life are formative for a person's brain, and understanding the processes that govern these transitional periods can help identify interventions that stimulate these developments in later life.
The Hector Foundation was first founded in 1995 by Josephine Hector and Hans-Werner Hector. The Hector Science Award was established in 2008, and since 2014 the Foundation also runs the "Hector Fellow Academy", which is meant to offer a platform for senior researchers and prospective scientists to develop research projects. Prof. Röder is the 23rd member of this Academy.