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Tamás Freund

ISC Fellow (2023)

Tamás F. Freund, neurobiologist, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Professor and Chairman of the Neuroscience Department of the Péter Pázmány Catholic University in Budapest. He graduated as a biologist at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and became head of department (1990), deputy director (1994), and director (2002-2020) of the Institute of Experimental Medicine.

He served as president of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS, 2004-2006) and as member of the Executive Committee of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO, 1998-2006). He is member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (since 1998), the Academia Europaea (London, 2000), the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2001), the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea (2001), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014), and the Pontificia Academia Pro Vita (2019).

His major international awards include: the Demuth Award (Switzerland, 1991), the KRIEG Cortical Discoverer Award and the Cajal Medal (1998, USA), the Kemali Award (1998, FENS) and the Brain Prize (2011, Denmark). In Hungary he was awarded the Bolyai Prize (2000, Hungary), the Széchenyi Prize, (2005), and the Prima Primissima Award (2013). His main scientific interest is the functional architecture and physiology of neuronal circuits in the cerebral cortex.

This page has been updated in May 2024.

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