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- Caution in taking psychotropic drugs
Too many patients are lacking the necessary information on psychotropic drugs, according to Pro Mente Sana and Jean-Michel Aubry. They published a new information leaflet.
Tribune de Genève
- Body ownership is not impaired in schizophrenia
Michael Herzog and Olaf Blanke have determined that the sense of body ownership is not affected in schizophrenia patients.
- Emerging Psychosis, meeting Philippe Conus
Philippe Conus talks about the emerging psychosis in L’Information Psychiatrique magazine.
Full article (FR) pdf >
- Low diazepam can increase social competitiveness
Carmen Sandi and her colleagues have discovered how low-dose anxiolytics increase the social competitiveness of high-anxious individuals by boosting the energy output of mitochondria in an area of the mammalian brain that controls motivation and rewards.
- How social rank can trigger vulnerability to stress
Carmen Sandi and her team have identified rank in social hierarchies as a major determining factor for vulnerability to chronic stress. They also show that energy metabolism in the brain is a predictive biomarker for social status as well as stress vulnerability and resilience.
- Pavoncella 2017 Award for female creativity
Claudia Bagni was awarded for her research work on synaptic plasticity and neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Dependency and addiction are two different things
Christian Lüscher talks about addiction, plus a few highlights on his research career.
- From immune system to olfaction
Alan Carleton, in collaboration with the laboratory of Ivan Rodriguez at the University of Geneva, describes how some genes can evolve from immune to olfactory functions, a study published in PNAS (full article).
- Newborns are overshadowed by smartphones
An increasing number of parents is taking pictures of their baby, even before cuddling him/her. Child-health professionals are considering taking specific measures. Daniel Schechter gives his point of view.
- Hidden patterns of brain activity
Researchers of the Blue Brain Project discovered previously hidden patterns of brain activity with the help of the Synapsy mathematician Kathryn Hess, providing insight into how neurons collectively process information.
- Outstanding Mentoring Award to Stephanie Clarke
In recognition of her exceptional contribution to the training of young talents and for commitment to the new generation of academics, Prof. Clarke has been awarded the Outstanding Mentoring Award by the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne.
- Healing without confining
Malévoz psychiatric asylum in Monthey celebrates his 50th anniversary. It is one of the three Swiss psychiatric hospital avoiding immobilization means and where none of the doors are closed. The RTS radio show “Les échos de Vacarme” talk about this particular psychiatric approach with Philippe Conus.
- UNIL Honorary 2017
François Ansermet has been appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Lausanne.
- How personalized health will shape tomorrow’s human being
Stylianos Antonarakis gives his point of view about future genetically based analysis.
- GliaPharm has set up home at Campus Biotech
A third “start-up” joins the Biotech Campus : GliaPharm, born at EPFL, tackles the disease of Stephen Hawking.
Tribune de Genève (PDF)
- A major step in brain imaging
A 3D imaging technique capable of showing the interactions between brain cells? This novelty is a promising tool for understanding the mechanisms that occur in this complex organ. Andrea Volterra, Professeur at UNIL-DNF explains how.
- A enhanced brain anytime soon ?
Le Temps mentionned by Le Quotidien Jurassien (français pdf)>
- What makes us social … or not
For the 19th edition of the Brain Awareness Week, various cities in Switzerland offer lectures, workshops, exhibitions or debates around the latest research on the brain. The opportunity for Sarah Dirren to take an interest in a double issue discussed in Lausanne on Thursday, March 16: what makes social humans … or not?
Elements of response with Claudia Bagni, the newly appointed director of the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences of the University of Lausanne (UNIL).
RTS radio, La Première – CQFD
- Pfizer Award 2017 to Alan Carleton (et al.)
Alan Carleton, Olivier Gschwend and Nixon Abraham are the happy beneficiaries of the 2017 Pfizer award in Neuroscience and Nervous System Illnesses. The three researchers are rewarded for their outstanding work entitled “Neuronal pattern separation in the olfactory bulb improves odor discrimination learning” and published in Nature Neurosciences.
- Decipher the emergence of neural diversity in the cerebral cortex
Alexandre Dayer and collaborators have analyzed the diversity of cortical neurons during the developmental period surrounding birth. They have discovered the emergence of three main subgroups of interneurons by decoding the expression of cell-type specific genes as well as their exact, and often unexpected, location in the cortex. To read in Nature Communication.
- The neuronal circuit of active and passive fear responses
Using in vivo optogenetics and extracellular recordings of identified cell types in a behavioral model in which mice switch between conditioned freezing and flight, Andreas Lüthi and collaborators have shown that active and passive fear responses are mediated by distinct and mutually inhibitory central amygdala neurons. The study was published in Nature.
- A center for brain rehabilitation
CHUV and the Institution of Lavigny join forces to better treat victims of strokes and cranio-cerebral trauma. “We aim to create the best conditions for researchers and clinicians to work together with an interdisciplinary spirit,” said Stephanie Clarke about the center.
- Cannabis: harmfulness and benefit
Legal consumption of cannabis remains controversial. It could be useful to treat diseases like multiple sclerosis or epilepsy but, on the other hand, it is responsible for many health problems like addiction. Christian Lüscher warn the audience of canal 9 TV about addiction problems.