The Theodore Ott Award 2017 will be granted to two researchers for their remarkable works in neurosciences : Prof. Christian Lüscher from the Geneva university and Prof. Andrea Volterra from the Lausanne university
Christian Lüscher studies the alterations of the cerebral circuits caused by drugs and develops different approaches to normalize them.
Andrea Volterra Explores the central role, long ignored, of astrocytes on synaptic transmission.
Both scientists are recognized internationally for the importance of their work.
The Prize, usually awarded every five years by the ASSM, goes back to doctor Theodore Ott (1909 – 1991), Professor of Neurology, Lausanne. In accordance with the wishes of the donor, the Award is given to established researchers who have accomplished outstanding work in basic neuroscience research.
The Prize is awarded CHF 50’000.- for a single prize winner or twice 30’000.- if two prize winners are awarded at the same time.
Kathryn Hess-Bellwald, professors at the BMI at EPFL is among the 65 mathematical scientist from around the world who have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2017. She has been elected for her contributions to homotopy theory, applications of topology to the analysis of biological data, and service to the mathematical community.
The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honour excellence
what the studies on social orientation and on joint attention may bring to the issue.
The diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is based on behavioral observations. It is hard to make such a diagnosis for sure before the age of 3.
However, the first years of life are a period marked by a great cerebral plasticity, during which therapeutic interventions are likely to yield major positive changes. The lack of social orientation (for example a reduction of interest towards eye movements) can be observed quite early in the development of infants with ASD.
Several studies have shown a link between a lack in social orientation and the development of joint attention (i.e. the common interest of several people for the same object). Moreover, deficits in social orientation and in joint attention have consequences on the social and cognitive development of infants and toddlers.
These results are discussed in a neurocognitive perspective, with implications for early diagnosis and early therapeutic interventions adapted to young children with ASD.
By Martina Franchini, Edouard Gentaz and Marie Schaer.
Philipp Baumann, Pascal Steullet (basic neuroscience) and Meritxel Bach Cuadra (bioengineering) are the happy beneficiaries of the 2016 FBM Interdisciplinary Grant of CHF 200’000 for their research :
“Thalamus abnormalities : towards biomarkers in early psychosis”.
The Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) presents an extraordinary variety of skills and areas of research. The CR-FBM has made it one of its goals to foster new collaborations between researchers within our faculty. To this end, it proposes to fund interdisciplinary research projects proposed by faculty members. The CR-FBM fund in spring 2016, two or three interdisciplinary project.
The Leenaards grant for clinic continuation wishes to promote academic careers in clinical medicine within the Biological and Medical Faculty of the Lausanne University.
These grants allow doctors to combine medical and academic practice.
Luis Alameda, CHUV psychiatrist, receives the UNIL Faculty of Biology and Medicine’s Award for his work on schizophrenia performed in collaboration with Kim Do.
Luis Alameda’s publication:
“Childhood sexual and physical abuse: age at exposure modulates impact on functional outcome in early psychosis patients”
has been awarded by the Biological and Medical Faculty of Lausanne University (UNIL).
Who hasn’t felt a sense of loss or detachment from our families, friends, and regular routines, or experienced nervousness and anxiety about changes in our personal and professional lives?
For some, fear and worry constantly distract, confuse, and agitate. For others, frequent and severe bouts of depression are a debilitating daily burden that interferes with family, career, and social responsibilities. All too often, such problems lead to alcohol or drug abuse, self-destructive behavior, or even suicide.
Mental health is an essential part of human existence—but it tends to be transitory for millions of people throughout the world. […]
By Patricio V. Marquez and Shekhar Saxena.
Published in Cerebrum, full article ►
The Max Cloëtta prize 2016 awards two researchers from Basel and Lausanne.
The Professor Dr. Max Cloëtta Foundation has awarded the 2016 Cloëtta Prize to two prestigious scientists: Professor Michel Gilliet, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Lausanne University Hospital and Professor Andreas Lüthi, Senior Group Leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel and Synapsy member. Each will receive the scientific prize of CHF 50’000 .
The Professor Dr. Max Cloëtta Foundation aims at supporting and promoting medical research as well as related disciplines of natural sciences in Switzerland.
On July 2nd, Prof. Carmen Sandi, Director of the Brain Mind Institute at the School of Life Sciences, EPFL, was elected President-elect (term as President starting in 2018) of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) in the governing council meeting that took place at the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Copenhagen, Europe’s largest neuroscience meeting.
The FENS is the main organization for neuroscience in Europe, currently representing 43 European national and single mono-disciplinary neuroscience societies with close to 23,000 member scientists from 33 European countries.
FENS mission is to advance research and education in neuroscience within and outside Europe, to facilitate interaction and coordination between its members.