Zoltán Janka was born in 1949. His elementary and seconday schools were in Jászberény, Hungary, and he graduated in the Lehel Vezér Grammar-school in 1968.
After receiving the medical doctoral diploma at the Szeged University Medical School, Hungary, he got a tenure at the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of this university (later as Albert Szent-Györgyi University Medical School, and again as University of Szeged). He became professor and chairman of this department from July 1, 1993, and after separation (1998), the chairman of Department of Psychiatry until Sept 28, 2014, where he is currently professor. He did specializations in neurology and psychiatry.
He got scientific degrees as PhD in 1986, habilitation in 1996, and Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (DSc) in 2006. Between 1980-82 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Perth, Australia. Further educations were made in Sweden (1987) and in England (1991). Focuses of his scientific interests are the molecular and pharmacodynamic aspects of the biological underpinnings of mental disorders. He held 998 lectures; the number of his scientific publications is 364, with a cumulative impact factor 531.178. Fifteen students obtained PhD under his supervision.
For scientific and teaching activities he received numerous grants, scholarships, and merits. He got teaching awards from students (15 times) and from the Medical Faculty (4 times). For publications he received the scientific awards I.Hollós, Medicina, Best Publication of Clinical Neuroscience, and G.Nyírő (twice). He was elected as an Hononary Citizen of Jászberény City in 2007. For medical work the L.Batthyány-Strattmann Award was given to him in 2009, and a Presidential Praise by the Albert Szent-Györgyi Clinical Center in 2012.
He was merited with F.Kulka Medal and Award (for teaching) in 2012, with A.Szent-Györgyi Medal and Award in 2014, and M.Jancsó Medal and Award (for research) in 2017, by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged. In 2014 he received the G.Oláh Life Achievement Award from the Hungarian Psychiatric Association and in 2018 the L.Markusovszky Award from the scientific journal Orvosi Hetilap (Medical Weekly).