After studying experimental and theoretical physics at the Free University Amsterdam (1987-1991), Hugo Schnack carried out a PhD research in the Physics of condensed matter group at the same university. On September 1st, 1995, he defended his thesis: “Activation energies from magnetization relaxation & vice versa in high-Tc superconductors”.
From September 1995 he worked as a post-doc in the Neuroimaging section of the Department of psychiatry of the University Medical Center Utrecht, and from 1998 onwards as an assistant professor.
During the first years, he developed the image processing and analyis system of the group. As of 2015, thousands of scans have been analyzed using this pipeline. Gradually his research interests moved from image analysis of structural MRI brain scans to (longitudinal) brain data analysis and modeling, and from group-level statistics to individual predictions using Machine Learning. His research involves the study of both healhty development and psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. His work has been published in more than 200 publications which have been cited more than 5000 times (2015).