Prof. Dr. Lars Bäckman


Academic positionFull Professor
Research fieldsPsychology,Clinical Neurology; Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology
KeywordsAging, cognition, dementia, dopamine, plasticity

Current contact address

InstitutionKarolinska Institute
InstituteAging Research Center

Host during sponsorship

Prof. Dr. Ulman LindenbergerMax-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin
Start of initial sponsorship01/12/2008


2008Humboldt Research Award Programme

Nominator's project description

Lars Bäckman is a leading researcher in human cognition, with an emphasis on memory and aging. His research integrates behavioral neuroscience, epidemiology, and psychology. He has made important contributions to the role of dopamine functions in cognitive aging, the transition from normal aging to dementia, and the neural basis of age changes in cognitive plasticity and transfer of training. During his stay in Germany, he will combine brain imaging, pharmacological intervention, and genetics to further elucidate the neurochemistry of cognition and cognitive aging. Professor Lars Bäckman is hosted by Professor Ulman Lindenberger at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.