Project Description

Fotó: Hajósi Miklós

Prof. Dr. Szilveszter E. Vizi


E. Sylvester Vizi, MD, PhD, MHAS, HonFBPhS, former president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, emeritus professor at Semmelweis University. He has worked as professor at Semmelweis University in Budapest and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He is a member of Academia Europaea (London), Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea (Salzburg), and Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, Russian Medical Academy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He has published more than 450 papers in peer-reviewed journals, he mainly focused on neural connections in the brain which are involved in mental processes. In his pioneering work he has provided the first convincing evidence of presynaptic modulation of transmitter release. Brain is a wired instrument, and its neurons process cabled information through synapses; however due to Dr. Vizi ‘s contributions, it has been shown that neurons are also able to communicate with each other nonsynaptically. He was the first, who has provided evidence that transmitters accumulated extrasynaptically render the brain to operate in analog mode. Dr. Vizi received several awards (including Grand Széchenyi Prize (Hungary), Academic Gold Medal (Hungary) and George Washington Prize (USA), The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star (Emperor of Japan)). His main field is neuropharmacology. His publication received more than 25 000 citations (H-index > 80,