Dr. Butz-Ostendorf is the Innovation Manager for Brain Science at Biomax Informatics. He invented and developed the cutting-edge brain science solutions NeuroXM™ Brain Science Suite and NICARA™ (NeuroImaging-based Connectome Assessment in Research and Application), which offer fully new opportunities for personalized medicine in neurology and psychiatry. His deep knowledge in brain science is grounded on more than 15 years of experience in computational neuroanatomy. Butz-Ostendorf postulated a new theory on homeostatic structural plasticity and formulated the Model of Structural Plasticity (Butz and Van Ooyen, 2013, PLoS Comp Biol), which has proven to be suitable to grow a full human brain connectome in silico from scratch (Rinke et al., 2018, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing) and to be a suitable model for emerging critical periods in cortical development (Rinke et al., 2017). More than once, his papers were selected as publication highlights by the Human Brain Project (https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/en/about/project-structure/subprojects/). Butz-Ostendorf is author of numerous publications in the field and editor and author of the textbook THE REWIRING BRAIN, Academic Press 2017. He is furthermore a member of the editorial board at Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.
Dr. Butz-Ostendorf is interested in brain plasticity with a major research focus on structural and activity-dependent plasticity. In connection with studying structural plasticity in humans, he also has a deep interest in diffusion neuroimaging and connectomics.