Iris-Katharina Penner, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Germany. She is also the founder of the COGITO Center for Applied Neurocognition and Neuropsychological Research.
Prof. Penner studied in Germany at the Universities of Bonn and Berlin, and received her diploma in psychology at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. She completed her PhD at the Neuroradiology Department of the University Hospital of Basel and the Department of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, on the topic of cognitive and functional changes in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). From 2003 to 2009, Prof. Penner worked as a senior scientist at the Department of Cognitive Psychology and Methodology, where she was scientifically engaged in cognition, fatigue and cognitive rehabilitation in MS. From 2009 to 2015, she worked as senior scientist and lecturer at the University of Basel, as well as in private practice at the Neurozentrum in Zürich, Switzerland, with a focus on neuropsychological assessments in patients with neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. In May 2015, Prof. Penner moved to her current position.
Prof. Penner is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in the field of cognition and fatigue in MS. She developed the fatigue scale for motor and cognitive functions, and published numerous scientific articles and book chapters. Prof. Penner is a member of several professional and scientific societies. Her clinical and scientific focus is on cognitive processes and brain plasticity in neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases of the human brain. From 2013 to 2015, she served as President of the International Multiple Sclerosis Cognition Society.
EM-62446 - Date of preparation: May 2021