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Prof Balazs Zoltan Gulyas
Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
President’s Chair in Translational Neuroscience
Director, Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine)
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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.

After obtaining his MD degree at Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary, in 1981, and pursuing further undergraduate studies in physics and philosophy in Budapest, Cambridge and Leuven (BA and MA: 1982 and 1984), he made his PhD in neuroscience 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, UK. During his career he participated in executive and leadership trainings at the universities of London (2017/18) and Oxford (1999, 2021).

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 250+ research papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. 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 two panels 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, an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Radiology of the Medical University of Vienna and an Adjunct Professor of James Cook University, Australia. He is the Past Deputy Chair of the Senate of NTU and the former (inaugural) head of the medical school's neuroscience and mental health theme.
Neurology, psychiatry, basic and cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging
 
  • A portable scent screening system for food freshness monitoring
  • Advanced Graph Analytics for Human Brain Connectivity
  • CLIC WP0.2 - PI Prof Annabel Chen Shen-Hsing/PI Prof Balazs Zoltan Gulyas
  • Core Facility For Functional Imaging Of The Human Brain(MRI/MEG)
  • 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)
  • Mitochondrial complex I PET imaging in mouse model of Alzheimer's disease
  • Non-invasive neuroimaging measurements combined with physiological, neurocognitive and biota-based biomarker measurements as predictors of health outcome in ageing
  • President's Chair in Translational Neuroscience (Balazs Gulyas)
  • Proud to be Singaporean: An Investigation into the Neural and Cognitive Processing of National Identity and National Belonging (IMPRINT)
  • Sensitive detection and imaging of cancerous tissues using random lasing for in vivo biopsy
  • We are One Singapore: An investigation of the enlarged in-group effect in Singaporeans across the lifespan and in environmental contextual cues to promote multiculturalism