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How does the brain learn by talking to itself?

How does the brain learn by talking to itself?

UNIGE scientists uncover the role of synaptic feedback systems in shaping learning processes in the brain’s cortex – a discovery that may prove valuable for developing efficient artificial intelligence. Human...
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Drugs of abuse: Identifying the addiction circuit

Drugs of abuse: Identifying the addiction circuit

Section of a mouse brain showing in red the circuit that reinforces the behaviour, in green the circuit that reinforces the decision to continue. If the green projection is very...
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Carmen Sandi wins the first Ron de Kloet award

Carmen Sandi wins the first Ron de Kloet award

Professor Carmen Sandi at EPFL's Brain Mind Institute, has won the first Ron de Kloet award from the STRESS-NL consortium. The STRESS-NL is a consortium of different institutions that "envisions...
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ASD : Protein synthesis as a possible biomarker

ASD : Protein synthesis as a possible biomarker

Eleonora Rosina   Highlight from the Bagni's Lab Genes encoding for proteins involved in synaptic protein synthesis seem to contribute to the development of Autism Spectrum Disorders. They are now...
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Social dopamine

Social dopamine

Dopaminergic neurons of the VTA (green). Virus-infected neurons that can be inhibited to assess their effects on social behavior through chemogenetic approaches are in red. The level of infected dopamine...
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The WP#3 is setting the tone

The WP#3 is setting the tone

A new Synapsy era has emerged with the entering in Phase-3. Its success will depend, among other things, on Synapsy’s ability to transfer technologies. It didn’t take long to hear...
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Synapsy enters Phase-3 with new challenges

Synapsy enters Phase-3 with new challenges

The Synapsy Group - Villars 2018 Following a successful Site-Visit, Synapsy has officially entered Phase-3 in October 2018. A final decision regarding the overall funding for Synapsy’s third phase is...
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The brain is fighting against autism

The brain is fighting against autism

Eye-tracking experience Each dot indicates the position of the gaze while viewing a video showing a child playing. Left : the blue dots are the areas targeted by a child with...
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Link between childhood trauma and symptoms of psychosis

Link between childhood trauma and symptoms of psychosis

Two teams from the CHUV Department of Psychiatry are publishing results indicating the important role of antioxidants in preventing the harmful consequences of childhood trauma in psychosis. The team of...
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Bringing psychiatric neuroscience to teachers

Bringing psychiatric neuroscience to teachers

Last October 29th, the Synapsy clinical researcher, Camille Piguet, took part in a day of in-service training for teachers at the Collège du Léman. Each year, the teachers of this international school, which...
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Antioxidants to heal the brain in psychosis?

Antioxidants to heal the brain in psychosis?

The Centre for Psychiatric Neuroscience and the CHUV-Department of General Psychiatry have just published the results of a study suggesting the protective effects of antioxidant treatment on the brains of...
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An innovating treatment of psychosis based on biomarkers

An innovating treatment of psychosis based on biomarkers

Two units of the Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the Harvard Medical School, have tried innovative treatment in patients who have recently developed psychosis. Their results were published in...
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Swiss Federal Council : Better integration of people with autism

Swiss Federal Council : Better integration of people with autism

The NCCR-Synapsy played a key role in this initiative by the Swiss Federal Council, with two of its PIs -  Prof. Marie Schaer and Prof. Stephan Eliez – coordinating the...
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Resynchronizing neurons to erase schizophrenia

Resynchronizing neurons to erase schizophrenia

By increasing the excitability of a subpopulation of “defective” inhibitory neurons, researchers at the UNIGE restore the synchronization of neural networks in the hippocampus, and are thus able to suppress...
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L-Lactate: from neural network potentiation to neuroprotection

L-Lactate: from neural network potentiation to neuroprotection

NMDA receptors are involved in several aspects of fundamental brain functions, as well as in a variety of neurological disorders. In its last study published in the Nature series “Scientific Report”,...
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Interneuron plasticity initiates the rewiring of the auditory cortex

Interneuron plasticity initiates the rewiring of the auditory cortex

 EPFL neuroscientists have found that the output synapses of certain interneurons in the cortex show long-term plasticity. This plasticity occurs during a critical period of brain development and might contribute...
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Astrocytes are involved in personality disorders

Astrocytes are involved in personality disorders

A new Study conducted by the Synapsy researcher Paola Bezzi and published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry shows that neuronal development in the prefrontal cortex and associated cognitive processes,...
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MD-PhD fellowship awarded to Aurélie Bochet

MD-PhD fellowship awarded to Aurélie Bochet

The SNSF, the SAMS and the Swiss cancer research foundation will support ten young medical researchers in doing their MD-PhDs. The national MD-PhD commission has awarded fellowships to 10 of...
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Philippe Conus elected Vice President of IEPA

Philippe Conus elected Vice President of IEPA

Philippe Conus, ordinary professor at the FBM-UNIL and head of the General Psychiatry Department of the CHUV, has been elected vice-president for Europe of the IEPA-Early Intervention in Mental Health,...
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Amputees consider their prosthetic limb is an extension of their own body

Amputees consider their prosthetic limb is an extension of their own body

Merely having the prosthetic limb is not enough to assist the amputees with their activities. Many amputees skip the extended use of their prosthetic limb as their misplaced limb does not...
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