- Tuesday, 10 December, 2019

Dr. Attila Schwarcz and Dr. Gábor Pethő have become Doctors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The new doctors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences were inaugurated.

On 5 December, 73 outstanding researchers received one of the highest recognitions for scientific achievements. Approximately 100 reviewers participate in the award of the title of Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, so today in Hungary it is the most thorough scientific quality assurance process based on international standards. The researchers, including 14 women, working mostly at universities and at the Excellent Research Centres of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, further strengthen the Academy's public body of 17,000 and the entire Hungarian science and scientific community. One of the most important elements of the new mission of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is the promotion and care of scientific excellence, thus strengthening the importance and prestige of the title of Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Two professors from our School, Dr. Attila Schwarcz, professor at the Department of Neurosurgery, and Dr. Gábor Pethő, professor at the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy have received this recognition.

Dr. Attila Schwarcz conducts magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research in animal experiments and he also examined the characteristics of cerebral edema in patients. He has been the first in Hungary to establish functional MRI examinations to monitor the functioning of the human brain in patients with brain tumours or epilepsy. He has confirmed with MRI that a mild skull injury could also cause tissue damage to the brain. The research carried out has not only provided scientific results but has also been translated into everyday neurosurgical practice, which improves the patients' chances of recovery.


In his research, Dr. Gábor Pethő has developed new methods and models that have made pain research more effective, and that are capable of examining the effects of painkillers and may also contribute to the development of additional painkillers. He has been researching new types of painkillers unknown so far, revealing new mechanisms. Using the models he has developed, he identified the mechanism of heat threshold loss induced by mild heat and surgical incision, studied new receptor-acting agents, and verified a new, peripherally beginning analgesic mechanism mediated by substances released from peripheral pain nerve ending devices. His work and test results may contribute to the development of new painkillers with less side effects.


Congratulations to the recognitions!

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