Professor Kristine Beate Walhovd will receive just over 19 million NOK over five years from the European Research Council (ERC). This comes as part of the distinguished Consolidator Grant scheme, awarded to strengthen the international standing of excellent research teams and to allow researchers to continue to develop an outstanding career in science.
She and her husband, Anders Fjell, are two of six Norwegian researchers who have received both the Starting Grant and the Consolidator Grant from the ERC.
This means that LCBC accounts for one third of two of the major ERC grants awarded in Norway.
Walhovd’s newly funded project concerns how factors such as those that occur early in life can impact upon changes in brain and cognition in later life.
The goal is to test how both inheritance and early environmental factors work together to regulate neurocognitive plasticity: the apparent changes occurring in brain and cognition as a result of experience over a lifetime.
Project title: Set to change: early life factors restricting and promoting neurocognitive plasticity through life