Andreas Frick is group leader at the Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux, France, where he heads the cortical plasticity group. He is also member of the Bordeaux Neuroscience Excellence Cluster. He has a broad background in neuroscience and physiology, as a teaching fellow at University of Heidelberg and University of Bordeaux, with specialist expertise in ion channels, intrinsic excitability, functional-structural connectivity and the role of their plastic and pathological (fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorder) modification in neocortical circuit function and cognitive abilities.
Frick obtained a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Max-Planck-Institut für Psychiatrie and the Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany). He performed his postdoctoral research with Daniel Johnston (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas), followed by a research group leader position at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, headed by Nobel Laureate Bert Sakmann, Heidelberg, Germany.
Since 2008, Frick has been group leader at the Neurocentre Magendie. His major contributions to the field of fragile X syndrome and ASD research have been the subject of articles in newspapers and specialist magazines, and have culminated in radio interviews and participation in conferences and forums for the general public on ASD. His work is also cited as support for clinical trials using the BKCa channel opener BMS204353 (see www.fraxadev.fr/en).