- How to recover from a psychotic episode
Faced with major stress, some people are momentarily being swept away from reality. Rapid cares can prevent chronicization of psychotic episode. Philippe Conus explains the causes, the symptoms and how to recover.
- Theodore Ott prize to Christian Lüscher and Andrea Volterra
Andrea Volterra and Christian Lüscher are the happy beneficiaries of the 2017 Théodore Ott prize. The two Synapsy researchers are rewarded for their outstanding work in basic neuroscience, says the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.
- CHUV relocates psychiatric consultations to downtown Lausanne
La Place Chauderon will be the new place to treat mental disorders at Lausanne with the creation of a new clinic. According to Professor Philippe Conus, Head of the CHUV Department of General Psychiatry and member of Synapsy, this new policlinic will allow a better coordination of care. “Many patients are scared by Cery, and don’t want to go there”, he said in his interview.
- Depression: blues or evil of the century?
More than 6% of the Swiss population suffer from depression. French-speaking Swiss cantons are more affected by the disease. Martin Preisig explains that the rate of depression is correlated with the extend of urbanization, which is dense in the oriental part of Switzerland.
- From the couch to electroshock
Antidepressants, acupuncture, psychotherapy, electroshock… Depressive people can choose between a large range of techniques to be treated. Physicians, on the other hand, have a global approach and try to adapt the treatment to each patient. Martin Preisig talk about antidepressants.
- Screening for mental illnesses before diagnosis
Research Center of the University Institute of Mental Health of Quebec (CRIUSMQ) has obtained nearly $30 millions to help detecting the warning signs of neurological and psychiatric diseases. The head of the research chair, Pierre Marquet, speaks about it.
- A private initiative to help autistic children
The creation of social qualification groups such as those invented by two vaudoises mothers of autistic kids are among the flagship strategies of Claudia Chabane’s fight against autism.
- The basis of learning processes
Highlight on the last Nature Neuroscience review of Anthony Holmaat and Pico Caroni in the Journal de l’UNIGE. The paper discuss the concept of neuronal assemblies that links fundamental aspects of neuronal plasticity with behavioral learning and memory processes.
- Fellows of the American Mathematical Society 2017
Kathryn Hess Bellwald, a Synapsy project leader, is among the 65 mathematical scientists 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.
- Lights on the cerebral circuits of fear
The Parisian Institute of Brain and Spinal Cord (ICM) invites Andreas Lüthi for a conference on optogenetics. Le Monde newspaper explains this powerful tool to the general public with the help of Andreas Lüthi « the star of the optogenic », they said.
- Early care for autistic patients
Stephan Eliez describes the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) to treat autistic children.
- The secret of memory
For two weeks, the CQFD radio broadcast has talked about the fascinating world of memory. Memory disorders, hypermnesia, links with music, memory of plants and animals were approached in seven episodes. Traumatic memory and post-traumatic stress syndrome were summarized with Daniel Schechter and Johannes Gräff.
Also, Micah Murray clarifies what happens in our brain during memory tasks.
- How context influences memories and behavior
Andreas Lüthi has identified two neuronal circuits that mediate the association of contextual information with emotional memories.
- International partners working together on psychiatry
The links between UNIL and Laval University (Québec) intensified through the launch of a joint international unit in neurodevelopment and child psychiatry involving Pierre Marquet.
- Swiss media award 2106
Media Award 2016 for the documentary on schizophrenia “I hear voices” on RTS, with the participation of Philippe Conus and Kim Do.
- Sugar addiction
Dependence to sugar is as strong as addiction to tobacco, cocaine or alcohol, Christian Lüscher paraphrase in the newspaper.
- Bipolar disorder conference
Announcement of Martin Preisig’s public lecture on bipolar disorder and its transmission to families. Montbenon Casino, January 23, 2017.
- Antioxydants and schizophrenia
The blog creapharma mentions a Kim Do’s study on antioxidants and their involvement in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.
- The potential benefits of optical illusions on the human brain
Bogdan Draganski Bogdan Draganski communicates on his partnership with an artist to understand and perhaps treat some psychiatric disorders.
- An interview with François Ansermet
He throws light on the psychiatry of children and adolescents at the Swiss radio.
- Brain and virtual reality (VR)
Olaf Blanke shows how the brain receives heartbeat signals to produce bodily self-consciousness.
- Back to school
Stephan Eliez gives advice to parents and their kids to succeed at school.
- Aux origines de la schizophrenia
Kim Do and Philippe Conus detail recent improvement of the understanding of the genetic and environmental factors involved in schizophrenia.
- Ideas to products
The Synapsy KTT officer Sylvain Lengacher explains the main problems academicians are facing with when transferring technologies.
- Future health biobank for bipolar disorder
A collaborative work between Paris and Geneva will generate a database on bipolar disorder for research and treatment purposes. Jean-Michel Aubry is interviewed about it.
- Virtual reality and technology transfer
Tej Tadi’s startup uses virtual reality to assist the rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders. A work inspired by Synapsy member Olaf Blanke.
- Heart consultation
Stephanie Clark explains how training the brain to discriminate sounds can improve the diagnosis of cardiac disease.
- Startup Amazentis inspired by Synapsy member
Patrick Aebischer’s startup Amazentis uses pomegranate extract derivatives to restore muscle aging. A technology transfer issued from the collaborative work of the Synapsy member Carmen Sandi.
- Odor discrimination
Last work of Alan Carleton, published in Nature Communication, describes how neural cells of the olfactory bulb discriminates between odors.
- Head of FENS
Carmen Sandi is nominated for President-elect of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).
- IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity Prize 2016
27th neuronal plasticity prize of the foundation IPSEN has been awarded to David Attwell, Pierre Magistretti and Marcus Raichle for their career work on neuroenergetics.
- UNIL-DNF has a new Director
NCCR member Claudia Bagni has been nominated full Professor at the University of Lausanne on the first of July. She is officially head of the DNF.
- Curing mental illness
The key role of Michel Aubry and the Fondamental Foundation in scientific cooperation and exchanges with Geneva’s hospitals highlighted.
- VIIIPs are teaching addiction
Martin Preisig is a Very Intriguing Interactive and Inspiring Professionals (VIIIP). He is participating in the VIIIP conferences to bring other visions and other conceptualizations of clinical problems related to addiction.
- UNIL-FBM Awards 2016
Patric Hagmann was awarded the Clinical Sciences Award for his work on neuroradiology and brain connection studies through NMR diffusion techniques.
- The role of SHANK3 in autism
Latest work of Camilla Bellone, published in Nature Neuroscience, shows that SHANK3 controls maturation of social reward circuits in the VTA.
- Forecast and human behavior
Martin Preisig explains why forecast influence our mood.
- Video Games
Stephan Eliez interviewed about video games. The tv show was also mentioned and commented by the Pixel association, an association of video gamer.
- France Inter radio inspired by Synapsy members
The French radio France Inter keep on referring to the book by Pierre Magistretti and François Ansermet “A chacun son cerveau” in its scientific show “Sur les épaules de Darwin”.
- Universal need of love
Daniel Schechter and its team explain why the need of love can turn to an obsessive behavior. A real disorder that originates from the parent-child relationship.
- Interview between Synapsy members
Pierre Magistretti and François Ansermet received Olaf Blanke during a video interview for the Agalma association.
- A race for decoding the brain
Great press article in Le Temps newspaper talking about worldwide research project aiming to moralize the human brain. Synapsy members are questioned about those projects.
- Summer mood
Depressive behavior related to the coming of the summer time explained by Martin Preisig in Migros Magazine.
- Saturated psychiatry
Curabilis and Belle-Idée units are overloaded. The head of Geneva’s psychiatry and Synapsy member Jean-Michel Aubry talks about urgent reforms.
- Prize “ Ligue Suisse sur le Cerveau “
The UNIGE Campus Magazine comes back to the prize awarded to Anthony Holmaat.
- Children exhaustion
Exhaustion spares no one, not even children, who are struggling more and more at school, sometimes to failure. Stephan Eliez pinpoints a real taboo.
- Collective creativity to cure mental diseases
Pierre Magistretti discusses opportunities to develop new strategies for integration of neuroscience with psychiatry and possible novel approaches to innovate medicines for mental diseases at the Brain Forum.
- Accelerate synaptic plasticity
Ralf Schneggenburger’s lab last publication reveals that synapses in the hindbrain switch synaptotagmin isoforms as a strategy for optimizing speed and plasticity. To read in Neuron.
- The Brain Forum
Director of the Brain Mind Institute, Carmen Sandi explains the importance of exploring the brain.
- LSD, in the heart of the brain
Bogdan Draganski (LREN) shows the areas of the brain affected by use of LSD.
- Brain and cardiac activity
The brain is equipped with a sensory filter which prevents cardiac activity to interfere with external sensations. Researches from Olaf Blanke’s team.
- Use several of his senses to improve memory
Micah Murray, multisensory interactions expert, conduct research related to many areas, ranging from blindness to memory.
- ERC Advanced Investigator Grant
Peter Scheiffele’s project “Alternative Splicing Codes for Synaptic Specificity” has been awarded this prestigious grant by the European Research Council.
- Autism: support improves (too) slowly
Far from being a marginal phenomenon, autism is a real public health problem. Stephan Eliez: we cover only half of the needs.
- How the Brain Produces Consciousness in ‘Time Slices’
Our conscious perception of the world feels like a continuous and uninterrupted flow, but a new study (Michael Herzog) suggests that it’s actually more like the frames of a movie reel running through a projector.
Science et Avenir
St. Gallen Tagblatt
- A new approach to mental illness
Thomas Insel Conference, April 7: Laurie Selli and Sophie Proust interview Stephan Eliez.
- Medical: DNA health testing for all?
Stylianos Antonarakis genetic expertise on DNA sequencing is requested.
- April-2 is the World Autism Awareness Day
Stephane Eliez explains why a growing number of children are being diagnosed with autism and why the support improves (too) slowly.
- Swiss Brain League, 2016 Award
Anthony Holtmaat and his lab have been awarded for their research on silent neurons and their involvement in learning process.
- Music and Brain: a neurological network
Anne Baecher interviews Stephanie Clarke, Head of the Neuropsychology Service and Neurorehabilitation of the CHUV.
- Journées de la Schizophrénie « Schiz’ and the City »
Interview of Philippe Conus co-organizer, about schizophrenia and urban residents.
- The dark side of the excitatory transmitter glutamate
Kim Do explains that glutamate is involved in several brain diseases such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, or Alzheimer’s disease.
- “Kim Do’s lab is unique”
Jan Harry Cabungcal describes what brought him to study schizophrenia and why Kim Do’s lab is so unique.
- Around the Brain Awareness Week
Our brain makes us see life through rose-tinted glasses.
Tribune de Genève
Anne Baecher interviews Micah Murray, Director of the Neurophysiological Investigation Laboratory of the CHUV
RTS radio, La Première – CQFD
The theme is “Memory. A journey into the past, conjugated at the future tense”. With the participation of Johannes Gräff, Christian Lüscher and Anthony Holtmaat
Our Brain is Optimistic”, Carmen Sandi and Daniel Schechter
- Early diagnosis help in detecting autism
The autistic disorder is often misdiagnosed in children, with dramatic consequences. A new diagnostic method, developed by Swiss researchers (Stephan Eliez, Marie Schaer et al.) could change this.
- Pfizer Award 2016
Addiction Therapy: refining deep brain stimulation to emulate optogenetic treatment of synaptic pathology by Meaghan Creed and Vincent Pascoli.
- Rare Diseases Day (Feb-29)
Christian Lüscher’s researches with light.
- Memory storage mechanisms
Pablo Mendez and Christian Lüscher explain how the memory is structured and stored in the brain, a study initiated by the late Dominique Muller.
- Pierre Magistretti:Frontiers Science Hero
Pierre Magistretti explains his contribution to the field of brain energy metabolism and lends his expertise.
- Lactate protects neuronal damage
Pierre Magistretti’s lab has discovered that lactate, produced after intense exercise, can be used to protect neurons against excitotoxicity after strokes.
Alan Carleton is interviewed about its expertise on olfaction in the context of cinematographic immersive experiences based on olfactory projections process that allows the viewer to feel the smell of a film.
- Reading thoughts and translate them into action is no longer science fiction
Two methods of detecting neural signals could enable severely disabled people to interact with their environment only by thought. Christoph Michel explains his MAIA project.
- Anxiety: A head full of worries
Often defines as simple character trait, generalized anxiety disorder is now recognized as a disease that affects nearly 300,000 people in Switzerland. Damien Huzard, PhD student from Carmen Sandi’s lab, talks about their findings (from 18’26”).
- Optogenetics: opening new horizons in therapeutic deep brain stimulation
Christian Lüscher’s researches with light.
- Memory is based on interneurons
Pico Caroni’s group found that the plasticity of parvalbumin basket cells ensure long-term memory formation.