NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

Virginie Perizzolo’s work awarded prize

The 11th French Congress of Psychiatry (CFP) awarded Best Scientific Publications of 2019 by Young Researchers Prize, 3rd Place to Virginie Perizzolo (née Pointet) of the University of Geneva, for her paper with Synapsy member Daniel Schechter: “EEG recording during Read more…


New EEG Study on Euthymic Bipolar Disorder Patients

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a common and severe psychiatric disorder. A better understanding of the underlying pathophysiology is needed to identify objective biomarkers of BD that would improve diagnostic and treatment. Evidence from brain imaging studies consistently points to abnormalities Read more…


Johannes Gräff appointed Vallee Scholar

The Valle Foundation has chosen EPFL Professor and Synapsy member Johannes Gräff among the winners of its scholarships. The Vallee Foundation was founded in 1996 by Bert and Kuggie Vallee “to foster originality, creativity, and leadership within biomedical scientific research and medical Read more…


Anxiety: Brain Mitochondria as a Treatment Target

Carmen Sandi, professor at EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute and co-director of the NCCR-Synapsy, published a review on the connection between anxiety and brain mitochondriain the Journal Trends in Neurosciences with her colleague Michaela Filiou from the Max Planck Institute.They highlight Read more…


Identification of a behavioral and neural signature of trait anxiety related to differences in effortful motivated behavior

The combined expertise of Carmen Sandi and Christoph Michel’s labs allowed to better understand the neurological basis of trait anxiety, a risk factor for the development of neuropsychiatric diseases. Trait anxiety is a personality dimension related to the extent to Read more…


High-risk youth symposium at the 18th ESCAP congress in Vienna

The symposium “Neural correlates of cognitive control impairment in high-risk youth” organized by Synapsy member Dr. Camille Piguet, from UNIGE, together with prof. Ayse Belger, Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Read more…


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…