Hungary: a Hub for Brain Research and Innovation

03 March 2014


03 March, 2014 in FENS News

Hungary is launching a 12 billion forint (EUR 39m) national brain research programme to promote research, prevention, innovation, health-care and drug development. The related agreement was signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Academy of Sciences (MTA) President Jozsef Palinkas and the project’s director, Tamas Freund, head of MTA’s Institute of Experimental Medicine.

“Hungary must be converted into a region of research, development and innovation,” PM Viktor Orbán highlighted in his welcome speech, and said that in the past three or four years the topic of politics was mainly cantered around economic issues. But future lies in science. This is endorsed in the establishment of the foundations of a new research institutional setup: as exemplified by the MTA Wigner CERN Data Centre, the new headquarters of MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences and the building of Extreme Light under construction Infrastructure in Szeged.

“For such a large scale program for navigating in the ocean of science to find the harbour of destination one must have a flagship,” the head of the government emphasised. Brain research may be the land where we can show our talent in the times to come and where our scientists may arrive at producing outstanding and socially useful results. He believes that the achievements will be exploited by the pharmaceutical industry, deemed to be the engine of the industrial sector in this country. Viktor Orbán encouraged the chairs of the NPIBS to invite and involve international scientists in the national program. Besides, he thinks that it is desirable that Hungary should join international projects in fully fledged partnership, and she should strengthen her embedding in the arena of international science.

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