NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

A breakthrough in understanding brain-learning processes

plasticity astrocytic

Plasticity of the astrocytic processes (green) around a dendritic spine (red) in a post-synaptic receiving neuron structure transferring a sensory impulse. Professor Dominique Muller, co-director of the NCCR-Synapsy, and his team at the University of Geneva, have discovered a new Read more…


Discovery of a neuronal population that filters sensory information

sensory-olfactory

In the center:”Panache shaped” neurons population sent by olfactory sensory cells. Our five senses collect data for complex perceptual systems in the brain allowing us to make sense of the world around us. The stimuli entering the brain in the Read more…


Neurons switches states to turn on and off learning

switch button

Pico Caroni and his team show how a network of neurons in hippocampus and cortex switches states to turn on and off learning in the adult. They further show how a stimulating environment promotes this switch, and thus learning. Their Read more…


Sense of smell : nose and brain make quite a team… in disconnection

orchid in the brain

Visual retentivity of an orchid in the brain Alan Carleton’s team (UNIGE) has just shown that the representation of an odor evolves after the first breath, and that an olfactory retentivity persists at the central level. This research is published Read more…