NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

Autism: a spectrum on the path to segmentation

A UNIGE study backed by Synapsy has shown that the basic states of the brain functions of young children with autism spectrum disorder have a signature that is specific to their clinical profile. This discovery marks a step forward in Read more…


Using video for the early detection of autism

Using artificial intelligence, a Synapsy team from the UNIGE has developed a device for the early detection of autism spectrum disorder in children. Individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder often present communication issues and difficulties in social interactions. Although very Read more…


Using genetics and sharing to study autism

French researcher Thomas Bourgeron is a pioneer in genetic research on autism. The professor was also our guest at the last Neurobiology of Mental Health conference. In this article, he tells us all about his initial findings that link genes Read more…


A New Publication on Social Deficits by Claudia Bagni’s Group

At a time when our entire society has to increase social distance because of Covid-19, Claudia Bagni, a Synapsy member and Professor of neuroscience at the University of Lausanne, goes against the trend and publishes a paper that highlights a Read more…


27 février 2020: “Que nous apprend la recherche génétique sur l’autisme?”

27 février 2020: "Que nous apprend la recherche génétique sur l'autisme?"

Prof. Thomas BOURGERON Directeur du Centre de recherche translationnelle «Génétique humaine et fonctions cognitives», Institut Pasteur, Paris Si les scientifiques soupçonnent depuis longtemps la génétique de jouer un rôle majeur dans l’apparition des troubles du spectre autistique, les premiers gènes Read more…


Two Synapsy Neuroscientists Win Prestigious European Grants

Camilla Bellone, member of the NCCR-Synapsy and researcher at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), was awarded the European Research Council’s ERC Consolidator grant. Additionally, Alan Carleton, also a member of Synapsy and researcher at UNIGE, was awarded the ERC Synergy Read more…


MOOC on Autism Spectrum Disorders

A MOOC on autism spectrum disorders has been launched by the University of Geneva in partnership with the NCCR Synapsy. It brings together experts, videos and testimonies to describe the scientific basis of autism and explain how to recognize its signs from birth. This course Read more…


Early social contingencies impairment

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social and communication deficits, repetitive behaviors, and restricted interests. Literature shows that atypical neural processing of social visual information contributes to impaired social cognition. However, evidence for early developmental alterations Read more…


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…