Richard Frackowiak is a clinical neurologist who has spent his life researching the human brain with non-invasive brain imaging techniques. He is Professor and head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DNC) at the Université de Lausanne (UNIL) and its Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV). He also holds a titular professorship at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and is a co-executive director responsible for “Future Medicine” in the EU’s Flagship of Enterprise and Technology (FET) “The Human Brain Project”. He is leading sub-project 8 (SP8), which is putting together the medical informatics infrastructure in the ramp-up phase. He is a pioneer of human brain imaging research, developing a number of techniques and applying them to the investigation of human brain structure and function relationships in health and disease. There is also a translational component to his research involving novel image classification techniques for studies in individuals. His scientific output is highly cited with an h-index of 158 and he has received the Ipsen, Wilhelm Feldberg and Klaus Joachim Zulch prizes.