NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

A gene to better understand autism and schizophrenia

Claudia Bagni’s laboratory, Synapsy member and director of the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences of the University of Lausanne, published a “Nature Communications” paper demonstrating that an alteration of the CYFIP1 gene in mice leads to a disruption of connections between Read more…


Grant from the National MD-PhD program for Dr. Michel Godel

The MD-PhD national program grants allow eleven young doctors engaged in research to complete a doctorate in natural sciences, public health, clinical research or biomedical ethics at a Swiss university. Applications for an MD-PhD grant were evaluated in two stages: Read more…


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 Read more…


A synaptic perspective of intellectual disabilities

Synaptic-Bagni

Synapsy researcher Claudia Bagni, Professor of Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Basic Neurosciences at the University of Lausanne, publishes a review on synaptopathies in the journal Neuron with her colleague Suzanne Zukins from the Albert Einstein College of Read more…


BMI Seminar – Camilla Bellone

15-MAY / BMI SEMINAR @ EPFL By Camilla Bellone, Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva “Role of reward system in social behaviour: implications for Autism Spectrum Disorders” TIME : 12:15 – 13:15 LOCATION : EPFL, Lausanne, SV 1717 Organization : EPFL-SV, 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…


ASD : Protein synthesis as a possible biomarker

Eleonora Rosina

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 suspected as early biomarkers. Eleonora Rosina, a PhD student in Read more…


Social dopamine

Dopaminergic

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 neuron is about 50% (yellow).   Highlight from the Bellone’s Read more…


The brain is fighting against autism

eye-tracking

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 typical cerebral development. Right : the red dots are targeted by Read more…