A treatment of psychosis based on biomarkers

Conus/Do

The Centre of Psychiatric Neurosciences (CNP) schizophrenia research Unit (Prof. Kim Do Cuénod) and the CHUV General Psychiatry Department (Prof. Philippe Conus), in partnership with the Harvard Medical School of Boston (Prof. Larry Seidman), have conducted a clinical trial with Read more…


Survey: Switzerland has a mental health Röstigraben

man struggling

People in French and Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland are nearly twice as likely to feel depressed as those in German regions, according to a report. Residents of the cantons of Vaud and Ticino are most likely to suffer from feelings Read more…


Sleepwalkers are better at automatic walking

Olaf Blanke portrait

Sleepwalkers who are awake may have a multi-tasking advantage over non-sleepwalkers, according to recent research that uses virtual reality. Try counting backwards from 200 in steps of 7 while walking en-route to your favorite café. Chances are, you will slow Read more…


A brain-system that builds confidence in what we see, hear and touch

Building brain confidence

A series of experiments at EPFL provide conclusive evidence that the brain uses a single mechanism (supramodality) to estimate confidence in different senses such as audition, touch, or vision. The study is published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Behavioral scientists Read more…


Body ownership is not impaired in schizophrenia

Body Ownership

Schizophrenia patients often experience an altered sense of self, for example, as if someone else is controlling their actions. This impairment is described as a deficit in the “sense of agency”, and while it has been well established and linked Read more…


The brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures

Brain analysis

A team of researchers from the Swiss Blue Brain Project — a group focusing on supercomputer-powered reconstruction of the human brain — have used a classic branch of maths in a completely new way to better understand the structure of our brains. Read more…


Scientists discover hidden patterns of brain activity

brain activity

In a collaboration led by EPFL’s Blue Brain, scientists discover patterns of brain activity – never before observed – with the help of mathematics, providing insight into how neurons collectively process information. Brains of healthy rats that are the same Read more…


A new tool for discovering nanoporous materials

nanoporous

EPFL scientists have developed a mathematical “face-recognition” method for identifying and discovering nanoporous materials based on their pore size. Materials classified as “nanoporous” have structures (or “frameworks”) with pores up to 100 nm in diameter. These include diverse materials used in different Read more…


Caring touch helps premature brains mature

Caring touch

Every year 15 million preterm infants are born, and most spend their first weeks in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Although essential for the support and survival of these infants, the sensory environment of a NICU is dramatically different from Read more…