Franka Thurm, Dr.

Research Associate VCF

Franka Thurm

Contact information

Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology, Institute of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Lifespan Developmental Neuroscience Section

Technische Universität Dresden

Zellescher Weg 17, 01069, Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 463-39192

Research Statement

Dr. Franka Thurm (neé Glöckner) works as a researcher at the Department of Psychology, Lifespan Developmental Neuroscience Section (Prof. Shu-Chen Li, Ph.D.), TU Dresden. A central topic of her research focuses on the influences of neuromodulation, cognitive/ physical intervention, and stress on hippocampal-striatal learning and memory systems during child development and in aging and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease).

Scientific Education

2012Dr. rer. nat. (Psychology), University of Konstanz; Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Iris-Tatjana Kolassa, Prof. Dr. Thomas Elbert
2007Diploma in Psychology (with distinction), University of Konstanz; Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Frank Neuner, Prof. Dr. Thomas Elbert


Professional Experience

Since 2012Research Associate (Postdoc), Lifespan Developmental Neuroscience, TU Dresden
2012Research Associate (Postdoc), Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Konstanz
2010-2012Research Associate, Clinical and Biological Psychology, University of Ulm
2009Research stay abroad (Uganda)
2007-2012Doctoral student, Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Konstanz; Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, WIN-Kolleg
2006Research stay abroad (Uganda)

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

2013             Karl-und-Charlotte-Bühler-Preis of the TU Dresden for excellent                               teaching (WS 12/13)
2013             Stiftung-Schmieder-Preis 2012/13 (doctoral thesis)
2008-2010    Person-centered counseling (certified)
2007             VEUK award of the University of Konstanz (diploma thesis)

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed publications

Thurm, F., Antonenko, D., Schlee, W., Kolassa, S., Elbert, T., & Kolassa, I.-T. (2013). Effects of aging and mild cognitive impairment on electrophysiological correlates of performance monitoring. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 35(3), 575-587.

Maftei, M.*, Thurm, F.*, Schnack, C., Tumani, H., Otto, M., Elbert, T., Przybylski, M., Kolassa, I.-T., Manea, M., & von Arnim, C. A. F. (2013). Increased levels of circulating β-amyloid immune complexes in serum and cerebrospinal fluid of Alzheimer’s disease patients. PLoS ONE, 8(7), e68996 *equally contributing

Maftei, M.*, Thurm, F.*, Leirer, V.M., von Arnim, C.A.F., Elbert, T., Przybylski, M., Kolassa, I.-T., & Manea, M. (2012). Antigen bound and free beta-amyloid autoantibodies in serum of healthy adults. PLoS ONE, 7(9), e44516. *equally contributing

Schlee, W., Leirer, V., Kolassa, S., Thurm, F., Elbert, T., & Kolassa, I.-T. (2012). Development of large-scale functional networks over the lifespan. Neurobiology of Aging, 33(10), 2411-2421.

Thurm, F., Scharpf, A., Liebermann, N., Kolassa, S., Elbert, T., Lüchtenberg, D., Woll, A., & Kolassa, I.-T. (2011). Improvement of cognitive function after physical movement training in institutionalized very frail older adults with dementia. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(4), 197-208.

Book chapters and other publications

Thurm, F. (2013). Sport bei Multipler Sklerose? Bisherige Erkenntnisse über mögliche neuronale Wirkmechanismen körperlicher Aktivität auf die kognitive Leistungsfähigkeit [Exercise in multiple sclerosis? Possible neuronal mechanisms of physical activity on cognitive brain function]. Neurologie und Rehabilitation, 19(4), 221-226.

Thurm, F. (2012). Körperliches Training als wichtiger Bestandteil der geriatrischen Neurorehabilitation [Physical training as an important aspect of geriatric neurorehabilitation]. Neuroreha, 4, 156-160.

Kolassa, I.-T., Glöckner [Thurm], F., Leirer, V.M., & Diener, C. (2010). Neuronale Plastizität bei gesundem und pathologischem Altern [Neuronal plasticity in healthy and pathological aging]. In: Alter(n) gestalten - Medizin, Technik, Umwelt. Häfner, H., Beyreuther, K., Schlicht, W. (Eds.). Springer-Verlag: Berlin, Heidelberg.