Prof Balazs Zoltan GULYAS

Co-Principal Investigator

Prof 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. 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).

Singapore - NTU



Research Interest

Prof Gulyás 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.

-Basic and cognitive neuroscience

Key Publications

ResearchGate Profile

Gulyás, B., Ottoson, D., and Roland, P. E. (eds.) Functional Organization of the Human Visual Cortex. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1993. 391 pages. ISBN 0 08 042004 4.

Pléh, C., Kovács, G. and Gulyás, B. (eds.) Cognitive Neuroscience. Budapest, Osiris Press, 2003. 832 pages. ISBN 963 389 313 5.

Kraft, E., Gulyás, B. and Pöppel, E. (eds.) Neural Correlates of Thinking. Springer Verlag, 2008. xv + 285 pages. ISBN 978 3 540 68042 0

Vasbinder, J.W. and Gulyás, B. Cultural Patterns and Neurocognitive Circuits. I. (Series title: Exploring Complexity: Volume 2. East–West Connections) World Scientific Publishinh Company, 2016. 212 pages. ISBN: 978-981-3147-48-5

Gulyás, B. and Vasbinder, J.W. Cultural Patterns and Neurocognitive Circuits. II. (Series title: Exploring Complexity: Volume 2. East–West Connections) World Scientific Publishing Company, 2017. 250 pages. ISBN-13: 978-9813230477

Vasbinder, J.W., Gulyás, B. and Sim, J. Y. H. (eds). Grand Challenges for Science in the 21st Century. World Scientific Publishing Company, 2018. 144 pages. ISBN: 978-981-3276-43-7.

Gulyás, B. Functional organization of human visual cortical areas. In: Peters, A. and Jones, E. G. (eds.) Cerebral Cortex. Vol. 12. New York and London: Plenum Press, 1997. pp. 743-775.

Gulyás, B., Halldin, C. and Mazière, B. In vivo imaging of neurotransmitter systems. In: Handbook of Neurochemistry. (Eds.: E. Sylvester Vizi and Michel Hamon). Springer Verlag, 2008. pp. 75-100.

Gulyás, B. and Sjöholm, N. Principles of Positron Emission Tomography. In: Functional Neuroimaging in Clinical Populations. (Eds.: Frank G. Hillary and John DeLuca). Guilford Press, 2007. pp. 3-30.

Gulyás, B. Functional Neuroimaging and the Logic of Conscious and Unconscious Mental processes. In: Kraft, E., Gulyás, B. and Pöppel, E. (eds.) Neural Correlates of Thinking. Springer Verlag, 2008. pp. 139-171.

Gulyás, B. and Roland, P. E., Processing and analysis of form, colour and binocular disparity in the human brain: functional anatomy by positron emission tomography. Eur. J. Neurosci., 6(1994):1811-1827.

Gulyás, B., Heywood, C. A., Popplewell, D. B., Cowey, A., and Roland, P. E., Visual form discrimination from colour or motion cues: Functional anatomy by positron emission tomography. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. US, 91(1994):9965-9969

Roland, P. E. and Gulyás, B. Visual imagery and visual representation. Trends Neurosci. 17(1994):281-287.

Kinomura, S., Larsson, J., Gulyás, B., and Roland, P. E. Attention activates the midbrain reticular formation and thalamic interlaminar nuclei in man. Science, 271(1996):512-515.

Savic, I. Berglund, H., Gulyás, B., Roland, P. E. Smelling of odorous sex hormone-like compounds causes sex-differentiated hypothalamic activations in humans. Neuron 31(2001):661-668.

Kéri, S. and Gulyás, B. Four facets of a single brain: relationship among behavior, cerebral blood flow/metabolism, neuronal activity and neurotransmitter dynamics. Neuroreport 14(2003):1-11

Gulyás B. The receptor fingerprint of the human brain and its changes during life. Bull Mem Acad R Med Belg. 162(2007):225-237

Gulyás B, Vas A, Tóth M, Takano A, Varrone A, Cselényi Z, Schain M, Mattsson P, Halldin C. Age and disease related changes in the translocator protein (TSPO) system in the human brain: Positron emission tomography measurements with [(11)C]vinpocetine. Neuroimage 256(2011):1111-1121.

Padmanabhan P, Kumar A, Kumar S, Chaudhary RK, Gulyás B. Nanoparticles in practice for molecular-imaging applications: An overview. Acta Biomater. pii: S1742-7061(2016)30271-30279.

Gulyás, B., Mitra, R., Vyas, A., Amin, S. M., Gulyás, V., Padmanabhan, P. Aging, Brain Aging and Cognitive Resilience. Innovation 16(2018):33-38.

Padmanabhan P, Palanivel M, Kumar A, Máthé D, Radda GK, Lim KL, Gulyás B. Nanotheranostic agents for neurodegenerative diseases. Emerg Top Life Sci. 4(2020):645-675

Mishra S, Kumar A, Padmanabhan P, Gulyás B. Neurophysiological Correlates of Cognition as Revealed by Virtual Reality: Delving the Brain with a Synergistic Approach. Brain Sci. 11(2021):51.


Prof Gulyás has published - as author or editor - 14 books, authored over 40 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.