Petra Ritter (neuroscientist)

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Petra Ritter
Petra Wobst

TitleProf. Dr. med.
Academic background
Alma materCharité
Academic work
DisciplineComputational and Clinical Neuroscience
InstitutionsMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Charité
Main interestsPersonalised brain simulations
Notable worksThe Virtual Brain

Petra Ritter (née Wobst; born 1974)[1] is a German neuroscientist and medical doctor at Charité in Berlin. Her field is computational neuroscience and her focus is developing brain simulations for individual people with neurological conditions, combining EEG and neuroimaging data.[2]

Ritter studied medicine at Humboldt University Berlin. She did residencies at UCLA, UCSD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and Harvard Medical School, as well as Charité. In 2002, she received her medical license to practice medicine. In 2004, she completed her doctoral thesis at Charité under Arno Villringer.[2]

She led a lab at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig from 2011 to 2015.[citation needed]

She is a co-founder of The Virtual Brain open-source brain simulation platform.[3] Since October 2017 she has held a lifetime BIH Johanna-Quandt Full Professorship of Brain Simulation at the Dept. of Neurology at the Charité and Berlin Institute of Health.[4]

As of 2018, her most-cited papers were:

  • Moosmann, M; Ritter, P; Krastel, I; Brink, A; Thees, S; Blankenburg, F; Taskin, B; Obrig, H; Villringer, A (September 2003). "Correlates of alpha rhythm in functional magnetic resonance imaging and near infrared spectroscopy". NeuroImage. 20 (1): 145–58. doi:10.1016/s1053-8119(03)00344-6. PMID 14527577. S2CID 39614622.
  • Ritter, P; Moosmann, M; Villringer, A (April 2009). "Rolandic alpha and beta EEG rhythms' strengths are inversely related to fMRI-BOLD signal in primary somatosensory and motor cortex". Human Brain Mapping. 30 (4): 1168–87. doi:10.1002/hbm.20585. PMC 6870597. PMID 18465747.
  • Obrig, H; Wenzel, R; Kohl, M; Horst, S; Wobst, P; Steinbrink, J; Thomas, F; Villringer, A (March 2000). "Near-infrared spectroscopy: does it function in functional activation studies of the adult brain?". International Journal of Psychophysiology. 35 (2–3): 125–42. doi:10.1016/s0167-8760(99)00048-3. PMID 10677642.
  • Ritter, P; Villringer, A (2006). "Simultaneous EEG-fMRI". Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 30 (6): 823–38. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2006.06.008. PMID 16911826. S2CID 1032514.
  • Freyer, F; Roberts, JA; Becker, R; Robinson, PA; Ritter, P; Breakspear, M (27 April 2011). "Biophysical mechanisms of multistability in resting-state cortical rhythms". The Journal of Neuroscience. 31 (17): 6353–61. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.6693-10.2011. PMC 6622680. PMID 21525275. open access


  1. ^ "Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek". Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Profile: Petra Ritter". Bernstein Netzwerk Computational Neuroscience. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  3. ^ "The Virtual Brain - Our Leaders". The Virtual Brain. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Press release: Petra Ritter now Johanna Quandt Professor for Brain Simulation at BIH". Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. 4 October 2017. Original: "Press release: BIH und Charité berufen erste Wissenschaftlerin auf eine von drei neuartigen BIH Johanna Quandt-Professuren" (in German). 4 October 2017.

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