Balázs Gulyás
Department of Clinical Neuroscience Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

FUNCTIONAL NEUROIMAGING AND HUNGARY

Functional neuroimaging research has deep roots in Hungary. In the early decades of the 20th century the Budapest-born George de Hevesy developed the use of radioisotopes as tracers in chemical and biological processes. The first known tomographic images were created by the engineers of the Tungsram company in Budapest well before the Second World War. Despite these facts we cannot witness a burgeoning neuroimaging activity inside Hungary. Through international collaborative projects, however, Hungarian neuroscientists are active in basically all sub-disciplines of functional neuroimaging, including the localization of brain functions, the mapping the various neurotransmitter and central receptor systems, and the development of novel CNS drugs and radioligands.