Professional and academic career
Istvan Hernadi is the director of the Grastyan Translational Research Center and the vice-head of the Department of Experimental Zoology and Neurobiology at the University of Pecs. He has over 20 years of research and teaching experience in physiology and neuroscience. He did his postdoctoral research in Oxford and Cambridge, UK where he studied reward related information processing in the mammalian brain. He is a member of the Hungarian Neuroscience Society (MITT), the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the European Bioelectromagnetic Association (EBEA). He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles.
Honours and awards
2006-2009, Bolyai Janos Scholarship, Fellowship for Outstanding Investigators, (awarded by Hungarian Academy of Sciences).
General administrative and organisational experience
Elected chairman of the Animal Welfare Committee of the University of Pecs since 2013. Funding and governing board member of the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Pecs. Member of the governing board of the Biology Doctor School at the University of Pecs. Member of the Neuroscience Panel of the Hungarian Research Fund.
Our laboratory uses various techniques in the fields of cellular electrophysiology, non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioural neuropharmacology. We especially study the domains of human higher order brain function such as perception, reward valuation, decision making, learning and memory. We also develop and use behavioural test batteries to interpret the mechanisms of human cognitive function and the effects of ageing through animal models.
Trunk A, Stefanics G, Zentai N, Bacskay I, Felinger A, Thuroczy G, Hernadi I: Effects of concurrent caffeine and mobile phone exposure on local target probability processing in the human brain. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 5:14434. (2015)
Hernadi I, Grabenhorst F, Schultz W: Planning activity for internally generated reward goals in monkey amygdala neurons. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE. 18:461-9. (2015)
Kovacs-Balint Z, Bereczkei T, Hernadi I: The telltale face: Possible mechanisms behind defector and cooperator recognition revealed by emotional facial expression metrics. BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 104:563-76. (2013)
Grabenhorst F, Hernadi I, Schultz W: Prediction of economic choice by primate amygdala neurons. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 109:18950-55. (2012)
Stefanics G, Hangya B, Hernadi I, Winkler I, Lakatos P, Ulbert I: Phase entrainment of human delta oscillations can mediate the effects of expectation on reaction speed. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 30: pp. 13578-85. (2010).