2017 Academy Prize Laureates

In Social Sciences and Humanities, Member of Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Eötvös Loránd University Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Gabor Hamza has been awarded TÜBA 2017 Academy Prize due to his works on Ancient Civil (Roman) Law, the different codification processes and its cross-border influence between East-West, and Europe-Turkey, law history and comparative law studies on Turkey-Hungarian law relations.

In Health and Life Sciences, Harvard University Faculty Member Assoc. Prof. Cenk Ayata has been awarded TÜBA 2017 Academy Prize due to his works on basic and clinical studies in migraine and stroke areas, the effects of the Rho-kinase signaling pathway on brain blood flow, which may be the target molecule in future drug development studies, and revealing the role of this enzyme type 2 isoform in cerebrovascular diseases.

In Basic and Engineering Sciences, Istanbul Medipol University Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Arslan has been awarded TÜBA 2017 Academy Prize due to his academic and industrial works in the fields of wireless communication systems, interference management and intelligent wireless communication systems in wireless networks, physical layer algorithms, waveform design, cognitive radio, spectrum detection, and wireless communication security.

Academy Laureate in Social Sciences and Humanities
Prof. Dr. Gabor Hamza

Gabor Hamza, born in 1949 in Budapest, studied at Eötvös Lorand University. After receiving his law doctorate in 1972, he continued to work at the University of Munich Ludwig Maximillan in 1976-77, at the University of Rome Sapienza in 1979-80, and at the University of Cologne in 1980-81. In 1984, Dr. Hamza, Professor of Roman Law at Eötvös Lorand University, was a guest lecturer in various countries in Europe, America and Asia. Roman law, Civil Law, EU Law, Eastern European legal systems including Turkey, and Comparative Law are his main research areas. Dr. Hamza, who is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, is the recipient of the “Oriens Arca Iuris” Prize from the Vatican Oriental Institute and the State Merit of Hungary.

Academy Laureate in Health and Life Sciences
Assoc. Prof. Cenk Ayata

Cenk Ayata was born in 1968. After graduating from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in 1991, he started to study at Harvard University. He received his neurology expertise at Tufts University and the Neurological Intensive Care Senior Specialist at Harvard University. He has become one of the world’s number of scientists by applying molecular, advanced electrophysiological and optical imaging methods to illuminate disease mechanisms in animal models and to test new treatment methods. His studies on the role of neurodegenerative diseases such as migraine, stroke and brain damage in cortical spreading depolarization, a phenomenon specific to the last central nervous system, as well as molecular studies such as the roles of the Rho-ROCK2 signaling pathways in the neurodegeneration have been well recognized in the international field in the last 15 years. Dr. Ayata, a neurologist and neuroscientist, has been serving as a director at the Massachusetts General Hospital Neurovascular Research Unit. In addition to his works in the field of Basic Neurological Sciences, he also has a frontline in many clinical trials.

Academy Laureate in Basic and Engineering Sciences
Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Arslan

He born in 1968. After graduating from Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1992, he completed his master's degree in 1994 and he completed his doctorate in 1998 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He worked as a research engineer for about five years at the Ericsson. Dr. Arslan was awarded the title of Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2016 for his contributions to wireless and mobile communications literature. Dr. Aslan has more than 60 patents and applications to United States Patent and Trademark Office's (US) for topics such as physical layer algorithms, waveform design, cognitive radio, spectrum sensing, wireless communication security, and more than 10 patents of him were licensed. Dr. Arslan, who has been teaching at the University of South Florida (USF, Tampa, Florida) for 15 years, is still the founding dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the Istanbul Medipol University and continues to work as the manager of the “5G and Beyond Research Laboratory”.