Brain Imaging Centre

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Introduction

The Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) has been working as an independent unit of the Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RCNS HAS) since 1st of April 2014. The founding research groups are the Neurocognitive Development and the Brain Structure and Dynamics Research Groups. For the realization of the current research and development programs, the most up-to-date methods and equipment are available that were established with the help of the Hungarian Brain Research Program (NAP) and the support provided by the Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to help infrastructural development.

In the RCNS HAS Brain Imaging Centre, we conduct applied and basic research that promotes scientific progress and can be utilized directly and indirectly in the domestic practice. The mission of BIC researchers is to attain a better understanding of human brain function and to reach subgoals related to this area of research in domestic and international cooperation.

The main goals of BIC:

  • Exploring the neural basis of higher-level brain functions in health and disease
  • Developing novel methods to investigate brain structure and function
  • Developing neuroimaging-based biomarkers for drug discovery research related to neuropsychiatric diseases
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary research involving neuroscience methods
  • Educating undergraduates with different disciplines involving neuroimaging, training young research scientists, and providing a new generation of neuroscientists
  • Improving national and international cooperations and develop new ones

Year of establishment: 2014

Head of the Centre

Zoltán Vidnyánszky, PhD, DSc, Professor of Neuroscience

Neurocognitive Development Research Group

Head of group

Valéria Csépe, corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, research professor, presidential trustee

E-mail: uh.atm.kttnull@airelav.epesc,  Cellular: +36/30 724 6729

The research group’s predecessor (HAS RCNS, INCP, Research Group of Developmental Psychophysiology) was founded by Valéria Csépe in January of 2000. The research group was led during Valéria Csépe’s appointment as chief officer (deputy secretary general) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, between May 2008  and 2014, by Ferenc Honbolygó. The re-formed research group’s empirical studies are aimed at understanding the dynamic systems of cognitive functions and the exploration of their developmental aspects. The focus of research is on higher order auditory processing (speech and music) and the dynamic, domain-specific (reading, language processing, visual cognition) and domain-general (executive functions) sub-systems of cognition. Behavioural measures and methods of neuroscience (electrophysiology and neuroimaging) are used in combination to study these processes. The research group operates two electrophysiological laboratories within the HAS RCNS BIC:

Brain Structure and Dynamics Research Group

Head of group

Zoltán Vidnyánszky, PhD, DSc, Professor of Neuroscience

E-mail: uh.atm.kttnull@natloz.ykzsnayndiv,   Cellular: +36/30 485 2049

The Brain Structure and Dynamics Research Group was founded in 2014. The focus of research involves the normal and pathological brain functions of human active vision, learning, motivation, and reward. Our research programs adopt the most up-to-date methods of human cognitive neuroscience – fMRI, EEG, and eye-tracking. Our research and development projects, realized in cooperation with industrial partners, aim at developing MR and EEG biomarkers of potential use in translational research concerning neuropsychiatric disease, and developing computer programs that enhance spatial vision and are suitable for the treatment of amblyopia.