Rogier Kievit of the CBU has been awarded a four year Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Rogier did his PhD at the University of Amsterdam with Professor Denny Borsboom, developing psychometric models to relate measures of brain structure to cognitive abilities, and is currently a postdoc on the BBSRC funded Cam-CAN project (Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience) led by Professor Lorraine Tyler. During this four year Wellcome fellowship, based at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU), Rogier will study how brain development impacts on executive functions such as reasoning, cognitive control, working memory and attention. His project will use psychometric models to determine how changes in brain structure and function affect executive functions during two key periods of the lifespan, adolescence and old age.
This work will be done in close collaboration with the Institute for Computational Psychiatry and Aging at UCL in London (collaborator Professor Ray Dolan), the department of Developmental Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge (collaborator Professor Ian Goodyer), the Max Planck Institute of Human Development in Berlin (collaborator Professor Ulman Lindenberger), the University of Umeå (mentor professor Lars Nyberg) and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (collaborator Professor Richard Henson).
Our warmest congratulations to Rogier on this highly prestigious award.