Nathalie Giroud is a cognitive neuroscientist, psychologist and SNF-assistant professor at the University of Zurich. She heads the Computational Neuroscience of Speech & Hearing research group where she and her team study the neural and cognitive underpinnings of speech, language, and communication using a lifespan approach.
Nathalie Giroud received her PhD in cognitive neuroscience and psychology at the University of Zurich in 2016. She held postdoctoral positions within the University of Zurich's Research Priority Program "Dynamics of Healthy Aging", within the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging and at Concordia University in Montréal and subsequently at the Phonetics and Speech Sciences Group at the University of Zurich. In 2020 she obtained a Swiss National Science Foundation PRIMA-grant allowing her to combine fundamental and applied research to diagnose age-related pathology early and to develop interventions against hearing and language pathology using state-of-the-art technology and neuroscience.
Nathalie Giroud is also a faculty member of the international Max Planck Research School on “The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics” and the Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ) and has recently joined the Editorial Board of the open-access peer-review journal Aging Brain. She has won the Vontobel Award for Research on Age(ing) in 2017. For the term 2021, she held a Global Future Council Fellowship in the Council on Healthy Ageing and Longevity of the World Economic Forum (WEF). She is currently the co-director of the competence center Language & Medicine at the University of Zurich and will soon start to co-direct an innovation group at the Healthy Longevity Innovation Hub at the University of Zurich.