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Prof Balazs Zoltan Gulyas
Professor
Director, Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine)
Balázs Gulyás is Professor, President's Chair of Translational Neuroscience at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is also the Director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre (CoNiC) of NTU (www.ntu.edu.sg/conic). Prior to this appointment as one of the founding professors of LKCMedicine, he spent most of his scientific career at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, where he is still a Professor in the Department for Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Neuroscience.

Balázs studied medicine at Semmelweis Medical University, and parallel with it followed courses in physics at Eötvös Loránd University in his native Budapest. After having obtained his MD degree in 1981, he left Hungary in the pursuit of further studies at the University of Cambridge, followed by the Catholic University of Leuven (BA and MA in Philosophy). He obtained his PhD in Neurobiology at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in 1988, followed by his postdoctoral studies at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, 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, a CHEMS (mathematics) from the Open University, Milton Keynes, and habilitations in medicine from the KULeuven, the Karolinska Institute and the University of Debrecen.

Balázs has made some pioneering contributions to the field of functional brain mapping with positron emission tomography (PET), in particular to the localisation of cortical areas in the human brain related to visual perceptual functions, visual memory and imagery, olfactory and pheromone-sense functions. Later on his research focused on molecular neuroimaging with PET, with special regard to neurological and psychiatric diseases and their “humanised” murine and primate animal disease models. These activities also involved neuropsychopharmacological drug development and diagnostic imaging probe development as well as contribution to designing, validation and testing of multimodal imaging scanners. His 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 performances, in particular.

Balázs​ has published - as author or editor - fourteen books, authored over forty book chapters and >300 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 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 and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Division of Brain Sciences, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London. He is a former Deputy Chair of the Senate of NTU and the former (inaugural) head of the medical school's neuroscience and mental health programme.

With effect of 1 May 2023, Hungary's Prime Minister appointed Balázs as the Co-Chair of Hungary's Science Policy Council and the President of Hungary's Research network (https://hun-ren.hu/en). From AY 2023/24 he continues his activities at NTU in reduced time.
Neurology, psychiatry, basic and cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging
 
  • A Sociometric AI Screening Tool to Risk-Stratify Infant Neurodevelopmental Trajectories (STARS)
  • A Sociometric AI Screening Tool to Risk-Stratify Infant Neurodevelopmental Trajectories (STARS) WP1 (Infant MRI)
  • CLIC WP0.2 - PI Prof Annabel Chen Shen-Hsing/PI Prof Balazs Zoltan Gulyas
  • Decoding the connectome by deep encoding on graphs
  • Engineering Scaffold-Mediated Neural Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury Treatment
  • Engineering Scaffold-Mediated Neural Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury Treatment (NTU)
  • Enhancement to Silent Speech Decoding Algorithm by Incorporating Direct Neural-to-Phonetic Mapping and Acoustic Feature-Based Mapping
  • Proud to be Singaporean: An Investigation into the Neural and Cognitive Processing of National Identity and National Belonging (IMPRINT)
  • Scent Digitalization and Computation (SDC)
  • Sensitive detection and imaging of cancerous tissues using random lasing for in vivo biopsy
  • Silent Communication Proof-of-Concept Using Advanced Non-Invasive Brain Computer Interface and Machine Learning Methods
  • Silent Communication Proof-of-Concept Using Advanced Non-Invasive Brain Computer Interface and Machine Learning Methods (SCSE)
  • Theranostics approach for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
  • WP4: Scent Digitalization and Computation (SDC)- PI: Guan Cuntai
  • WP4: Scent Digitalization and Computation (SDC)- PI: Lin Weisi
Courses Taught
ICC005
ICC007
MSL908
MD7108
MD7114
MBBS Y2 Mental Health
 
Supervision of PhD Students
Colin Teo Kok Ann (main)
Chan Lai Gwen (main)
Mathangi Palanivel (main)
Jeremy Sim Wei Khang (main)
Chia Xin Wei (co-)
Tham Zihao Nevin (co-)
Vanessa Wazny (co-)
Wong Zhen Xuan (co-)