Goran Papenberg

Title: Principal researcher

Sector: Psychology

Research group: Lars Bäckman

Close-up portrait of Goran Papenberg

Goran Papenberg is a Principle Researcher at the Aging Research Center. He conducted his PhD in Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin, Germany), awarded in 2012 by the Free University. Since then, he continued with this research as postdoctoral research fellow and assistant professor at the Aging Research Center.

His main field of research are the molecular contributions to cognitive aging, with a special focus on dopamine and neuroinflammation. He uses genetic, epigenetic, lifestyle and neuroimaging techniques (Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Positron Emission Tomography) to understand the heterogeneity in brain and cognitive aging.

Projects (PI)

Selected publications

Papenberg, G., Ferencz, B., Mangialasche, F., Mecocci, P., Cecchetti, R., Kalpouzos, G., Fratiglioni, L., & Bäckman, L. (2016). Physical activity and inflammation: effects on gray-matter volume and cognitive decline in aging. Human Brain Mapping. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23252

Papenberg, G., Lindenberger, U., & Bäckman, L. (2015). Aging-related magnification of genetic effects on cognitive and brain integrity. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 506-14. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.06.008

Papenberg, G., Lövdén, M., Laukka, E. J., Kalpouzos, G., Keller, L., Graff, C., Köhncke, Y., Li, T. Q., Fratiglioni, L., & Bäckman, L. (2015). Magnified effects of the COMT gene on white-matter microstructure in very old age. Brain Structure and Function, 220, 2927-38. PMID: 25056932 

Papenberg, G., Bäckman, L., Nagel, I. E., Nietfeld, W., Schröder, J., Bertram, L., Heekeren, H. R., Lindenberger, U., & Li, S.-C. (2013). Dopaminergic gene polymorphisms affect long-term forgetting in old age: Further support for the magnification hypothesis. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 571-9. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00359.

Papenberg, G., Bäckman, L., Nagel, I. E., Nietfeld, W., Schröder, J., Bertram, L., Heekeren, H. R., Lindenberger, U., & Li, S.-C. (2013). Dopaminergic gene polymorphisms affect memory forgetting in old age: Further support for the magnification hypothesis. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 571-579. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00359.