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The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

The insular cortex processes pain and drives learning from pain

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Neurons and their synapses in the mouse brain.  © Aiste Baleisyte, EPFL Neuroscientists at EPFL have discovered an area of the brain, the insular cortex, that processes painful experiences and thereby drives learning from aversive events. Acute pain, e.g. hitting Read more…


Back to the sources of neural diversity

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By deciphering the genetic programs of neurons of the cerebral cortex, Swiss and Belgian researchers unravel the mechanisms controlling the genesis of cells in one of the most essential parts of our brain. The cortex is a complex brain region Read more…


Public Lecture – Daniel Schechter

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Public lecture (April 15) by Professor Daniel Schechter as part of his appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. « The trauma-imbued care-giving environment during early sensitive periods for emotion regulation : Longitudinal findings » LOCATION : UNIGE Read more…


Mindfulness to treat anxiety in high-risk adolescents of WP#4

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Anxiety and stress regulation will be the focus of Phase-3 investigations in high-risk clinical cohort of Synapsy’s WP#4 (Developmental Stress). Synapsy clinical researchers Dr. Camille Piguet and Dr. Paul Klauser, together with Dr. Daniel Schechter have launched a collaborative study Read more…


A Swiss network brings stress researchers together

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In an effort to promote stress research in Switzerland, Professors Carmen Sandi (EPFL Brain Mind Institute) and Dominique de Quervain (University of Basel) have founded stressnetwork.ch, a network of over 30 renowned scientists from Swiss universities working in different areas Read more…


How does the brain learn by talking to itself?

UNIGE scientists uncover the role of synaptic feedback systems in shaping learning processes in the brain’s cortex – a discovery that may prove valuable for developing efficient artificial intelligence. Human beings, like other animals, possess an enormous learning capacity that Read more…


Carmen Sandi wins the first Ron de Kloet award

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Professor Carmen Sandi at EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute, has won the first Ron de Kloet award from the STRESS-NL consortium. The STRESS-NL is a consortium of different institutions that “envisions that combining forces between researchers across the Netherlands ranging from Read more…


Bringing psychiatric neuroscience to teachers

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Last October 29th, the Synapsy clinical researcher, Camille Piguet, took part in a day of in-service training for teachers at the Collège du Léman. Each year, the teachers of this international school, which covers the levels from primary school to federal maturity, choose Read more…


Researchers find dominant men can make decisions faster

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Men who exhibit high social dominance make faster decisions than low-dominance men even outside a social context, finds a large behavioral study from EPFL. Hierarchies exist across all human and animal societies, organized by what behavioral scientists refer to as Read more…