Prof. Dr. phil. Iris-Katharina Penner
University of Dusseldorf, Germany
Prof. Penner is a cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist. She studied in Germany at the Universities of Bonn and Berlin and received her diploma in Psychology at the Free University of Berlin. She successfully completed her PhD at the Neuroradiology Department of the University Hospital Basel on the topic „cognitive and functional changes in patients with multiple sclerosis”. From 2003 to 2009 Prof. Penner worked as senior scientist at the Department of Cognitive Psychology and Methodology where she was scientifically engaged in cognition, fatigue and cognitive rehabilitation in MS. In 2009 she received her postdoctoral lecture qualification. From 2009 to April 2015 she worked as senior scientist and lecturer at the University of Basel and in addition in private practice at the Neurozentrum in Zürich with a focus on neuropsychological assessments in patients with neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. In May 2015 Prof. Penner moved to the University of Düsseldorf and founded the COGITO Center for Applied Neurocognition and Neuropsychological Research.
Prof. Penner is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of cognition and fatigue in MS. She developed the fatigue scale for motor and cognitive functions (FSMC), published numerous scientific articles and book chapters and is member of several professional and scientific societies. Her clinical and scientific focus is concentrated on cognitive processes and brain plasticity in neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases of the human brain. From 2013 to 2015 she was the President of the International MS Cognition Society (IMSCOGS).