Stephanie Forkel

Forkel_2Stephanie obtained pan-European training focused on clinical psychology and neuroimaging with an educational focus on post-mortem and forensic sciences. After a series of placements with distinctive research groups she settled in London to investigate connectional neuroanatomy in the healthy and pathological brain (callosal agenesis, schizophrenia, and stroke). Within that area Stephanie’s research is capitalising on the anatomy of stroke-induced neuropathologies (aphasia, anosognosia) and the structural predictors of their recovery. This work is always integrating the history of neuroanatomy, with an emphasis on white matter connections.

Stephanie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and the DAAD UK Network of German Academics. She is also a member of the Organisation of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), a scientific committee member of the International School of Clinical Neuroanatomy (ISOCN), and chairs the Clinical Neuroanatomy Seminars. Stephanie was elected amongst distinct young scientists to participate at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2014 and the NIH-funded UCLA Summer School 2014.


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Besharati, S., Forkel, S.J., Kopelman, M., Solms, M., Jenkinson, P. M.,  Fotopoulou,A. (in press). Mentalising the Body: Spatial and Social Cognition in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia, Brain.


Forkel SJ. Heinrich Sachs (1863-1928). J Neurology 2014, DOI: 10.1007/s00415-014-7517-2 (pdf)


Forkel SJ, Thiebaut de Schotten M, Dell’Acqua F, Kalra L, Murphy D, Williams S & Catani M. Anatomical predictors of aphasia recovery: a tractography study of bilateral perisylvian language networks. Brain 2014; 137 (7): 2027-2039, 10.1093/brain/awu113 (pdf)


Forkel SJ, Mahmood S, Vergani F & Catani M. The white matter of the human cerebrum: Part I The occipital lobe by Heinrich Sachs. Cortex, DOI:10.1016/j.cortex.2014.10.023.


Forkel SJ, Thiebaut de Schotten M, Kawadler JM, Dell’Acqua F, Danek A & Catani M. Anatomy of fronto-occipital connections from early blunt dissections to contemporary neuroimaging. Cortex 2014; 56:73-84, doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.09.005 (pdf)


Fernández-Andújar M, Forkel SJ et al. Disconnection of the right Frontal Aslant Tract impairs response inhibition: a spherical deconvolution tractography study (under review)


Besharati, S, Forkel, SJ, Kopelman, M, Solms, M, Jenkinson, PM, Fotopoulou A. The Affective Modulation of Motor Awareness in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia: Behavioural and Lesion Evidence. Cortex, DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.08.016 (pdf)

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Vergani F, Mahmood S, Morris CM, Mitchell P & Forkel SJ. Intralobar fibres of the occipital lobe: A post mortem dissection study. Cortex, doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2014.03.002 (pdf)

Thiebaut de Schotten M, Dell’Acqua F, Forkel SJ, et al. A Lateralized Brain Network for Visuo-Spatial Attention. Nature Neuroscience, 18;14(10):1245-6. 2011 (pdf)

Catani M, Dell’Acqua F, Bizzi A, Forkel SJ, et al. Beyond cortical localisation in clinico-anatomical correlation. Cortex, doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.07.001. 2012 (pdf)

Catani M, Craig M, Forkel SJ, et al. Altered integrity of perisylvian language pathways in schizophrenia: relationship to auditory hallucinations. Biological Psychiatry 15;70(12):1143-50. 2011


Book chapter / Theses

Catani M, Forkel SJ, Thiebaut de Schotten M. Asymmetry of white matter pathways in the brain. In The Two Halves Of The Brain: Information Processing In The Cerebral Hemispheres (Eds, Hugdahl, K & Davidson, RJ). MIT Press. 2010 (pdf)

Forkel SJ. Identification of anatomical predictors of post stroke aphasia recovery with Diffusion Tensor Imaging. Doctoral dissertation. King’s College London, UK. 2013

Forkel SJ. The anatomy of fronto-occipital connections. Master Thesis. King’s College London, UK. 2009


Published Conference Contributions and Public Talks

Forkel SJ. Pathways to language. Talk at the Bloomsbury Theater for Rewired – The Brain, Art and Innovation4 Feb 2014.

Forkel SJ, Dell’Acqua F, Kalra L, Williams SC, Catani M. Lateralisation of the arcuate fasciculus predicts aphasia recovery at 6 months. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 23:164-166. 2011 (pdf)

Forkel SJ, Danek, A, Catani, M. Are direct connections between occipital and frontal lobes unique to the human brain? Journal of Neurology 255 (Suppl.2):140-140. 2008 (pdf)

Sürer F, Forkel S, et al. Towers of Hanoi and London on a tablet-PC Correlations with other executive tests. Aktuelle Neurologie 34:122. 2007 (pdf)



Neuroanatomy and Tractography Workshop at King’s College London

MSc NeuroscienceSpecialised Neuroimaging module at King’s College London

Applied Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Greenwich


Please see here for Stephanie Forkel’s CV.


Organisation of Human Brain Mapping “Brain Art Competition” Entries since 2013

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Brain Covers July 2014