Biography of one woman

enTRAIN Vision celebrates the International Women’s Day!

On this special day we chose to give the spotlight to a French-German neuroanatomist whose work on the cortex was too often overshadowed by her husband’s despite her struggle to ascertain women’s legitimacy in research. Can you guess who she is?

Hint n°1: 👩‍🎓 Here is her profile picture, the head held high and proud.








Hint n°2 👫 The duo she formed with her husband might not be as famous as Pierre and Marie Curie, but they achieved breakthrough discoveries in the functional organisation of the cortex and even gave their name to a neurological syndrome.

Hint n°3. 🧠The couple founded the Neurologische Zentralstation (Neurological Center) in Berlin in 1898 which would become after several transformations what is known today as the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research.

Hint n°4 🐵 They also worked on electrical stimulation in monkeys to demonstrate correlation between cortex topography and evoked functional responses, in close collaboration with Korbinian Brodmann, father of the human brain areas mapping.



At the time Cécile Vogt obtained her doctorate in neuroanatomy (Paris, 1900), only 6% of the PhDs were women. Today, half the Early-Stage Researchers in the Entrain Vision ITN are women. Cheer-up to all women in research out there! 👏🏼👏👏🏻👏🏽👏🏿