The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

Joint NCCR Synapsy – IRCN “22q” Workshop, Jul y 6-7, 2019, Tokyo, Japan

This past weekend, a joint NCCR Synapsy-IRCN workshop took place University of Tokyo. Several Synapsy PIs from UNIGE attended and presented their research (Profs. Alexandre Dayer, Stephan Eliez, Marie Schaer, Camila Bellone, Alan Carleton).

Copy number variations in chromosome 22q underlie several forms of cognitive impairment, including schizophrenia (22q11) and autism spectrum disorder (22q13). Distinct mutations of even the same Shank3 gene can contribute to different disorders of psychosis and autism. This workshop featured overlapping expertise in the dissection and understanding of 22q syndromes across Centers. By sharing insights, the aim is to identify mutual areas of investigation for future collaboration across cultures and animal models, as well as promote students exchanges between the Centers.





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