Education: M.D. Diploma in human medicine at University Medical School of Pécs, Hungary (1994); Ph.D. degree at the Neuroscience Program, Institute of Physiology, University Medical School of Pécs, Hungary (1999). Research Interest: My research is focused on animal models for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders and one of our primary aims was to develop valid animal models for mood disorders (depression). We have developed a chronic social defeat stress paradigm in tree shrews (a species closely related to primates) and in this model I studied the effects of chronic stress and antidepressant treatment on structural plasticity in limbic structures such as the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. I analyzed the effects of these treatments on adult neurogenesis, dendrtitic architecture of pyramidal cells, and glial cells. We have made significant contribution to this field and thus many of our papers are highly cited and regarded as classics in the field. Furthermore, we established animal models for neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis in non-human primates and tested novel treatment strategies using these models.
Biography Updated on 2 April 2012