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Prof Karl Friston
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL
12 Queen Square
Tel: 020 7833 7457
Fax: 020 7813 1445
  • Professor of Imaging Neuroscience/Wellcome Principal Research Fellow
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

Karl Friston is a neuroscientist and authority on brain imaging. He invented statistical parametric mapping; SPM is an international standard for analysing functional imaging data. In 1994, his group developed voxel-based morphometry. VBM detects differences in neuroanatomy; it is used clinically and as a surrogate in genetic studies. These technical contributions were motivated by schizophrenia research and theoretical studies of value-learning; in 1995 this work was formulated as the disconnection hypothesis of schizophrenia. In 2003 he created dynamic causal modeling (DCM), which is used to infer the architecture of distributed systems like the brain. Friston currently works on models of functional integration in the human brain and the principles that underlie neuronal interactions. Friston received the first Young Investigators Award in Human Brain Mapping (1996) and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1999) in recognition of contributions to the bio-medical sciences. In 2000 he was President of the international Organization of Human Brain Mapping. In 2003 he was awarded the 'Minerva Golden Brain Award'  and is currently the fourth most cited scientist in neuroscience and behavior in the world (http://www.in-cites.com/top/2007/second07-neu.html). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006.

Academic Background
1980 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
  MA Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1988 MRCPsych Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists – Psychiatry To be updated
1983 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Clinical Medicine King's College London
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