Simon E. Fisher

Simon E. Fisher is director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor of Language and Genetics at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Simon obtained his Natural Sciences degree at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, UK followed by a DPhil at the Genetics Unit of the Biochemistry Department, Oxford University. For his postdoctoral research he joined Prof. Anthony Monaco's group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG) in Oxford, and worked on identifying genetic factors that contribute to developmental disorders such as dyslexia and speech and language impairments. During this time he and his colleagues discovered FOXP2, the first case of a gene mutated in speech and language impairment. In 2002, Simon was awarded with a Royal Society Research Fellowship and became head of his own laboratory at the WTCHG, where he used state-of-the-art methods to uncover how language-related genes influence the brain. From 2007-10 Simon was also the Isobel Laing Fellow in Biomedical Sciences at Oriel College, Oxford, where he taught Biochemistry and Medical Genetics. In 2010 he was appointed director of a new department specifically devoted to "Language and Genetics" at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen.

Simon is author of more than 146 journal articles. According to Google Scholar, he has a current h-index of 60, and his work has received over 17,000 citations to date. An elected fellow of the Society of Biology, awards include the Francis Crick Prize Lecture, and the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize.

 

Other affiliations:

Professor of Language and Genetics, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition & Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. [link]

Co-affiliated member of the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. [link]

 

Press

Simon Fisher, Media summary 2012-2015

May 2015

 

September 2013

  • Interview and photo featured in September 21st 2013 issue of de Volkskrant, international Dutch newspaper. A pdf file of the article can be downloaded here.

 

June 2013

  • BBC Radio 4's Material World programme broadcast an interview with Matt Ridley, discussing the article Fisher & Ridley (2013) Culture, genes, and the human revolution. Science. 340(6135):929-30: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01snlsw
  • Featured in article on birdsong and human language in Bionieuws, nieuwsblad voor de biologie. A pdf file of the article can be downloaded here.

 

May 2013

 

February 2013

 

January 2013

  • Article covering Society for Neuroscience Special Presidential Lecture, in Neurology Today 2013 - Volume 13 - Issue 1, p 13–15. A pdf file of the article can be downloaded here.

 

November 2012

 

October 2012

 

June 2012

 

March 2012

 

CV

Simon E. Fisher is director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor of Language and Genetics at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Simon obtained his Natural Sciences degree at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, UK followed by a DPhil at the Genetics Unit of the Biochemistry Department, Oxford University. For his postdoctoral research he joined Prof. Anthony Monaco's group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG) in Oxford, and worked on identifying genetic factors that contribute to developmental disorders such as dyslexia and speech and language impairments. During this time he and his colleagues identified FOXP2, the first case of a gene mutated in speech and language impairment. In 2002, Simon was awarded with a Royal Society Research Fellowship and became head of his own laboratory at the WTCHG, where he used state-of-the-art methods to uncover how language-related genes influence the brain. From 2007-10 Simon was also the Isobel Laing Fellow in Biomedical Sciences at Oriel College, Oxford, where he taught Biochemistry and Medical Genetics. In 2010 he was appointed director of a new department specifically devoted to "Language and Genetics" at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen.

Simon is author of over 146 journal articles, including high impact publications in Nature, Nature Genetics, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Cell, Current Biology, American Journal of Human Genetics, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Annual Review of Neuroscience, Trends in Genetics and Trends in Cognitive Sciences. According to Google Scholar, his work has received more than 17,000 citations in total, and he has an h-index of 60. Simon is frequently invited to talk at leading international conferences across a diverse range of fields, and has also spoken to school, student and public audiences. His research has a strong interdisciplinary remit, integrating data from genetics and genomics, psychology, neuroscience, developmental biology and evolutionary anthropology. Simon is an elected fellow of the Society of Biology, and his awards include the Francis Crick Prize Lecture in 2008 [webcast here], and the inaugural Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize in 2009.

Simon E. Fisher's CV can be downloaded here.

You can also follow Simon's work on ResearchGate, ResearcherID and Google Scholar.

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Webcasts

2018 Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture
International Dyslexia Association, Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference, U.S.A.

2017 A molecular genetic perspective on speech and language
Lecture, University of British Colombia Infant Studies Center, Dept. of Psychology, Vancouver, Canada.

2016 Keynote Lecture
Language Sciences Symposium, University of Cambridge, U.K.

2016 Lecture Part 1;  Part 2 (Discussion)
FENS-Hertie Winter School on Neurobiology of Language and Communication, Obergurgl, Austria.

2015 What the Songbird Said
Simon Fisher featured on the award-winning science documentary produced by Rami Tzabar and Angela Saini for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service

2014 Genes, speech and language: translating the genome in human neuroscience
Course leader, Genetics and Neurobiology of Language, Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, U.S.A.

2013 How your genome helps you speak
Inaugural Lecture by Simon E. Fisher at Radboud University, Nijmegen.
September 26, 2013

2012 Molecular Windows into Speech and Language
*Plenary speaker* 9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (Evolang IX), Kyoto, Japan.

2008 Francis Crick Prize Lecture
Royal Society link to Francis Crick Prize Lecture

Invited Presentations

2019 (scheduled)

June: Chair/Moderator/Organiser, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Colloquium, Deciphering the biology of human musicality through state-of-the-art genomics. Amsterdam.

2019

May: Speaker, Symposium Celebrating the Career of Dr. Dennis Drayna, Human Genetics and Neurogenomics. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Bethesda, MD, U.S.A.

April: Speaker, Language Literacy and Learning Conference, What genes can tell us about developmental speech and language problems. Perth, Australia.

February: Speaker, University of Cologne Spring School 2019. Language and Music in Cognition: Integrated Approaches to Cognitive Systems. Cologne, Germany.

2018

October 2018: Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture, International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference. Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.A.

October 2018: Moderator/Organiser, Royal Society Symposium, Bridging Senses: New Developments in Synaesthesia. London, U.K.

July 2018: Speaker, Symposium, Neurobiology of Speech & Language Disorders: Genetic and MRI Advances. UCL Centre for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience & Speech and Language Centre of Research Excellence. London, U.K.

May 2018: Speaker, The Dyslexia Foundation Extraordinary Brain Symposium XVI, All about Language: Science, Theory, and Practice. St Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.

April 2018: Speaker, British Dyslexia Association International Conference, Evidence to Practice and Back Again. Telford, U.K.

January 2018: Chaucer Club Lecture, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, U.K.

2017

December 2017: Speaker, Are we musical animals? Developing a Roadmap for Using Intrinsically Motivating Games for Identifying the Musicality Phenotype. Workshop at the international conference ‘SMART Animals’. University of Amsterdam.

November 2017: Speaker, 62nd STuTS, (Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft). Nijmegen.

October 2017: Speaker, Symposium, Imaging genetics: From Neanderthals to Modern Human's Psychiatric Disorders. 25th World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG). Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

October 2017: Session Chair/Moderator, Symposium, Evolutionary genomics of brain development. 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

September 2017: Public Lecture, New Scientist Live Festival. London, U.K.

June 2017: Speaker, International Neuropsychological Symposium. Sitia, Crete, Greece.

May 2017: Speaker, Symposium, Extraordinary Variations of the Human Mind: Implications for Anthropogeny. University of California, San Diego/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA). San Diego, California.

March 2017: Lecture, University of British Colombia Infant Studies Center, Dept. of Psychology. Vancouver, Canada.

March 2017: Lecture, British Colombia Children's hospital. Vancouver, Canada.

March 2017: Speaker, Symposium, Genetics and cognitive neuroscience: What does the future hold? Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. San Francisco, U.S.A.

February 2017: Colloquium Speaker, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Leiden, Netherlands.

2016

December 2016: Lecture, course on Child, Language and Hearing for health care practitioners, Language and Hearing Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam Free University and Medical Center, the Netherlands.

November 2016: Speaker, Cambridge Language Sciences Annual Symposium. University of Cambridge, U.K.

July/August 2016: Course leader, Genetics and Neurobiology of Language. Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, U.S.A.

April 2016: Speaker, International Symposium on Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung & Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie. München, Germany.

January 2016: Lecture, FENS-Hertie Winter School on Neurobiology of Language and Communication. Obergurgl, Austria.

 

 

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