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  • Stress has long-term effects on the brain. Interview of Carmen Sandi.
    Migros Magazine (FR) >
  • Building and sharing the internal world, Autism and psychoanalysis III. François Ansermet (p. 13-26) wrote the chapter Autism and singularity – Neural plasticity and becoming.
    Eres Editor (FR) >
  • Cognitive decline tool screens from home. Researchers from Switzerland (among them Micah Murray) and the UK developed a test which asks people to detect sounds and flashes on their laptop or phone.
    McKnight’s Long-term Care News – Technology >
  • Technology at the service of meditation. The future Taoïst Center will offer to engineers, psychologists, neuroscientists (among them Olaf Blanke) the possibility to improve the management of Stress.
    La Région Nord Vaudois (Fr) >
  • Can our brain, with psychotherapy, unlearn the fear of certain experiences? Johannes Gräff answers the questions.
    SRF radio (DE) >
    Thurgauer Zeitung, St.Gallen Tagblatt, St.Gallen-Gossau-Rorschach (DE) >
    Luzerner Zeitung (DE) >
    And if we did not pad the pills against Alzheimer’s anymore? Pierre Magistretti responds to this curious question from the media.
    AMGe, Tribune de Genève (FR) >
  • Low-dose anxiolytics increase the social competitiveness of high-anxious individuals : Carmen Sandi and her collaborators have discovered how by boosting the energy output of mitochondria can boost motivation and reward area of the brain.
    Tribune de Genève (FR) >
    myScience >
    ScienceDaily >
    24Heures (FR) >
    Tiroler Tagszeitung (DE) >
    Quo (ES) >

  • Biozentrum again part of the largest EU-funded research project on autism. The neurobiologist Peter Scheiffele from the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has received a grant of 1.2 million euros to study autism.
    UniBasel News >
  • Nighttime noise has damaging effects on Lausanne residents. Lausanne’s traffic is the noisiest in Switzerland. The research team, among it Martin Preisig, establishes a link between where people suffering from daytime sleepiness live and the noise caused by cars and trains passing through those areas at night.
    EPFL News >
  • New screening tool could help diagnose early cognitive decline in dementia from home. An international team of scientists led by Prof. Micah Murray have developed a new way to screen for age-related cognitive decline at home using a test which asks people to detect sounds and flashes on their laptop or phone.
    MedicalXpress >
    UNIL News (FR) >
    SantéCool (FR) >
    HES-SO Valais (FR) >
    Great Geneva-Bern Area GGBA >
    City University of London, News >
    New Atlas, Health and Wellbeing >
  • Serial volunteers. Vital to research, participants in clinical studies consent for a multitude of reasons: medical, altruistic, or otherwise financial… Martin Preisig Head of the psychological CoLaus cohort.
    In Vivo; >
  • The researcher cultivates inner peace in her Zen garden. World reference in the field, Kim Do, Head of the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience at the CHUV, nourishes its rigor by meditating in front of the lake.
    24Heures FR>
  • A Geneva start-up disrupt the way autism is treated. STALICLA (Prof. Lüscher is a member of the Scientific Committee) is developing a new approach to better characterize patients and offer a better adapted medication.
    Entreprise Romande FR (pdf) >
  • Association of the ‘Schizophrenia days’ Philippe Conus has followed the fight of Anne Leroy “The figther – for more than twenty years- whom schizophrenia does not frighten”. It is with him that she founded the Association of Days of Schizophrenia.
    24Heures FR>
  • Release of the book “L’Homme Glial” ‘A revolution in the sciences of the brain’, by Yves Agid and Pierre Magistretti. This book deeply renews what we know about how the brain works. Glial cells not only have some of the properties of neurons, but they have the ability to integrate messages brought from the environment to produce behavior.
    Editor : Odile Jabob >
    Presentation by YA and PJM YouTube >
    24Heures >
    RTS radio La Première – CQFD (56′) >
    ClicAnoo >
    La Croix >
    France Culture radio (59′) >
    Le Temps >
    Témoignages >
    Ouest France >
    France Inter radio (54′) >
  • Are we already living in Virtual Reality? A new technology —virtual embodiment— challenges our understanding of who and what we are. Article elaborated from Olaf Blanke ‘out-of-body’ experiences.
    The New Yorker >
  • The secrets of memory: the traumatic memory and the PTSD Memory problems, hypermnesia, connection with music, memory of plants and animals, dive into the fascinating memory world with Dan Schechter and Johannes Gräff as guides.
    RTS radio La Première – CQFD >
  • A variation of the genome predisposing to Alzheimer’s disease The inheritance of small changes in DNA alters the expression of the PM20D1 gene and is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Manel Esteller collaboration with Dr Johannes Gräff‘s group.
    ScienceDaily >
    GEN >
  • Treating hallucinations in Parkinson’s patients Researchers from Campus Biotech were invited to develop joint projects with partner research institutes and bid for funding from the Bertarelli Foundation. One of the five laureate is Olaf Blanke.
    EPFL News >
  • Human brain is capable of building structures with up to 11 dimensions Neuroscientists used algebraic topology with the assistance of mathematicians Kathryn Hess from EPFL and Ran Levi from Aberdeen University to study the brain’s neural network.
    Interesting Engineering >
  • Philippe Conus interviewed in In Vivo Prof Conus believes that collaboration between the various branches of psychiatry is essential. Kim Do knows that identifying biomarkers in an organ as complex as the brain is far from easy but, nevertheless, believes that finding them is crucial.
    In Vivo, Special Mental Illnesses edition >
  • Kathryn Hess, a born mathematician Professor at EPFL, Kathryn Hess Bellwald, puts into practice her discipline, the topology, to better understand how the brain works. She is also committed to the promotion of female science careers.
    Le Temps
  • Conference at the Exhibit “Artists with Autism” As part of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), the CHUV and the HUG are each organizing an art exhibition. Profs. Eliez and Chabane gave each a free access conference.
    Details FR (pdf) >
  • New strategies to fight neurological and psychiatric illnesses Prof. Andrea Volterra studies how the brain works. While most of his colleagues focused on neurons, he is passionate about another type of brain cell, the astrocytes.
    Planète Santé FR >
  • Treating mental illnesses: how early? Nowadays, mental illnesses are earlier and earlier taken care of  What are the issues and objectives of such practice? Philippe Conus interview.
    RTS radio La Première – CQFD >
  • The genesis of neurons better understood Prof. Dayer‘s team has developed a tool that is allowing to know where a specific type of inhibitory interneurons is generated and to track their migration to the cerebral cortex.
    Le Courrier FR (pdf) >
  • The ‘Semaine du Cerveau’ is looking into its contruction 5 evenings of free public lectures are offered this week in Geneva. Tuesday, Prof. Dayer will talk about the genetic heritage in the brain functionality.
    Tribune de Genève FR >
  • With meditation, the adolescent is in full consciousness Meditation may decrease the responsiveness to stress, a predisposing factor, in adolescents, to anxiety or depressive disorders. A project, led by Camille Piguet and awarded by the Leenaards Foundation, will study the effects on young people between 13 and 15 years.
    Le Temps FR >
  • Switzerland’s course for mathematically gifted children Kathryn Hess Bellwald, a Swiss-American mathematician at EPFL, knows all about the challenges of being an exceptionally bright children, she grew up with them –she started university at age 14.
    Le News >
  • Science progresses to reduce stress and depression Do not eat too much fat, not too salty, or too sweet. Avoid smoking. Drink moderately. Happiness also happens following the adage mens sana in corpore sano. But can these “pleasure hormones” well known by each runner, be stimulated? Some answers from Alexandre Dayer of the University of Geneva.
    Tribune de Genève >
  • The dark side of glutamate Excessive glutamate has deleterious effects and is involved in several brain pathologies such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, or Alzheimer’s disease. The explanations of Kim Do.
    RTS radio, La Première – CQFD >
  • The meth wreaks havoc in Romandie After Neuchâtel, it is Fribourg’s turn to be hit by the plague of methamphetamine (crystal meth). Prof. Christian Lüscher (UNIGE), neurobiologist and addictions specialist, details the effects of this substance which worries the Swiss authorities.
    Le Temps FR >