Gerd Kempermann, born in 1965, studied Medicine in Cologne and Freiburg, Germany. From 1995 to 1998 he was postdoctoral fellow with Fred H. Gage at the Salk Institute and between 2000 and 2007 group leader at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch. Since 2007 he is Professor at the CRTD – Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden. Since 2009 he is also speaker of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease (DZNE) Dresden. Main topics of his work are the function and activity-dependent regulation of adult hippocampal neurogenesis and how both interact in health and disease.