Professor Heidi Johansen Berg FRS

Heidi Johansen-Berg is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN), and Fellow of St Edmund Hall, at the University of Oxford.

Heidi and her team investigate how the brain changes with learning, experience, and damage. Their research has identified how plasticity of brain connections contributes to learning. As well as shedding light on how the healthy brain responds to change, their work has implications for understanding and treating disease. For example, her group test new methods for rehabilitation after stroke and assess whether physical exercise could slow the effects of age on the brain or promote healthy brain development during adolescence. The group uses a variety of neuroimaging and stimulation tools in healthy human volunteers across the lifespan, individuals with brain damage, and rodents.

Heidi originally studied Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Oxford, before specialising in Neuroscience. She has been primarily based in Oxford and has spent time as a visiting researcher at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Oslo.

Professional position

  • Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford
Professor Heidi Johansen Berg FRS
Elected 2024