NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

Open and fair data : Appealing to the fairness of data producers

opendata-illustration by Julie Beck

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is adopting an openness policy for scientific data that will have a major impact on research, with the first implementation measures for NCCRs beginning in 2019.   SNSF data management plan for NCCRs Researchers Read more…


Phase-3 : Synapsy ranked at the top by the SNSF

networking

Entering Phase-3 has been achieved following a long preparatory and competitive process involving coordinated work from NCCR members at all levels. At the end of January 2019, the Synapsy management team received from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) the Read more…


Affiliated member : Manuel Mameli

Manuel Mameli

Giving clinicians all the tools they need Manuel Mameli’s research is devoted to identifying the neural circuits involved in motivation. Here he explains how he sees his role as a neuroscientist helping to advance psychiatric clinical research. Manuel Mameli is Read more…


Affiliated member : Nadia Micali

Nadia Micali

“Research isn’t the icing on the cake, it’s an integral part of clinical work” Nadia Micali was appointed head of HUG’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department in late 2017, joining Synapsy in her role as a clinician-researcher immediately afterwards. Her Read more…


NeuroClub : the “Brain Factory”

Joszef Kiss @Christian Luscher

Professor Jozsef Kiss © Christian Lüscher The University of Geneva’s NeuroClub, founded in 1999 on the fringes of the neuroanatomy course, introduces the world of research to budding doctors. It’s a club unlike any other, born out of professor Jozsef Read more…


The rewarding work of translational projects

Team CB-MS

Camilla Bellone and Marie Schaer work in collaboration under the NCCR-Synapsy project. Camilla Bellone explores the use of animal models in social paradigms, to look at the causality between circuitry and mechanism and behaviour. Her recent work looks at dopaminergic Read more…


Using high-density EEG source imaging to detect subcortical electrophysiological activity

Ch-Michel EEG

256-channel scalp EEG and source imaging Subcortical neuronal activity is important in mediating communication in large-scale brain networks. While EEG recordings provide appropriate temporal resolution and coverage to study whole brain dynamics, the feasibility to detect subcortical signals is unclear. Read more…


Public Lecture by Pierre Magistretti

public conference

As part of the University of Geneva’s public conference series, the Synapsy national center of competence in research (NCCR-Synapsy) invited Pierre Magistretti on January 31, 2019 to give a talk about his research. Professor Magistretti, cofounder of the NCCR-Synapsy, and honorary professor at UNIGE, UNIL Read more…


Lactate triggers genes that modify brain activity

Fluorescent neurons

Fluorescently labeled neuronal dendritric ramifications. © KAUST   A genome-wide study led by Pierre Magistretti has shed light on the mechanisms through which lactate, a product of aerobic glycolysis in astrocytes, regulates long-term memory formation and neuroprotection. Specifically, the team found Read more…