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President of HUN-REN


Balázs Gulyás

Since 2012 Balázs Gulyás has been a Professor and President's Chair of Translational Neuroscience at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, and the Director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre (CoNiC) of NTU. Prior to this appointment as one of the founding professors of LKCMedicine and the inaugural chair of the School’s neuroscience and mental health programme, he spent most of his scientific career at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, where he is still a Professor in the Section for Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Neuroscience.

He studied medicine at Semmelweis Medical University (MD: 1981), and parallel with it followed courses in physics at Eötvös Loránd University in his native Budapest. He studied philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium (BA and MA, 1982 and 1984) and obtained his PhD in Neurobiology at the same university in 1988. He pursued his postdoctoral studies at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology of the Karolinska Institute and at the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.

During his career he participated in executive and leadership trainings at the universities of London, Oxford and the Harvard Business School. He also has a BD (divinity) from Heythrop College, University of London (2020), a CHEMS (mathematics) from The Open University, Milton Keynes (2022), and habilitations in medicine from KU Leuven (1988), the Karolinska Institute (1997) and the University of Debrecen (1999).

Earlier in his career he made some pioneering contributions to the fields of visual neuroscience and the functional mapping of the human brain with positron emission tomography (PET). Later on, his interest turned to molecular neuroimaging with PET, with special regard to neurological and psychiatric diseases and their “humanised” animal disease models. These activities also involved biomarker target identifications as well as drug and diagnostic imaging probe development studies. His recent interest covers, among others, the fields of neurology, psychiatry, basic and cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging, in general, and more recently the neurobiological foundations of the human brain's extraordinary capacities, in particular.

Balázs Gulyás has published – as author or editor – fourteen books, authored some forty book chapters and 290+ research papers in peer reviewed scientific journals (source: Scopus and ORCID) and contributed to 7 patents. He is a member of, among others, Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe – where he is the Chair of the Section of Physiology and Neuroscience), the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Belgian Academy of Medical Sciences and until his appointment as the President of HUN-REN effective 1 May 2023 he was a member of the Advanced Grants Panel of the European Research Council. Concurrent with his appointments at LKCMedicine in Singapore and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, he is an Honorary Professor at the Division of Brain Sciences, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London.