Low-dose diazepam can increase social competitiveness

Anxiety

EPFL scientists have discovered how low-dose anxiolytics increase the social competitiveness of high-anxious individuals by boosting the energy output of mitochondria in an area of the mammalian brain that controls motivation and reward. Psychologists speak of anxiety in two forms: Read more…


How social rank can trigger vulnerability to stress

mice in nest

EPFL scientists have identified rank in social hierarchies as a major determining factor for vulnerability to chronic stress. They also show that energy metabolism in the brain is a predictive biomarker for social status as well as stress vulnerability and Read more…


Deciphering the emergence of neuronal diversity

Inhibitory interneurons labelled with a fluorescent molecule (in green) are distributed in the cerebral cortex. These cells were individually isolated and single cell transcriptomics revealed markers (in white) specifically expressed in distinct sub-groups of interneurons. The development of cerebral cortex Read more…


Hierarchy in animals: Anxiety can kill your social status

Anxiety cells

Mitochondria in the neurons of the nucleus accumbens. Neuroscientists at EPFL identify a brain region that links anxious temperament to low social status. The researchers were able to tweak social hierarchy in animals by using vitamin B3. There are important Read more…


Mental Health Science Award to Dr. Johannes Gräff

Johannes Gräff MQ award

Mental Heath Science was very proud to announce the winners of their 2015 Fellows Awards. This is the third year of the MQ’s annual Fellows Award programme, which supports the next generation of research leaders across scientific disciplines and countries. Read more…


A novel pathway between stress and cognition

sress imagery

A team of neuroscientists from EPFL, MIT and Stanford uncovered a new stress-related mechanism involved in memory deterioration. In ever faster moving societies, an increasing number of people is becoming affected by the short- and long-term consequences of chronic stress. Read more…


The brain, a mirror of the mother’s trauma

Schechter team

Previous studies have shown it is more difficult for mothers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to a history of violent life events to react appropriately to their child in moments of stress (for example separations, conflicts, new Read more…


The tragic death of Professor Dominique Muller

Dominique Muller

It is with heavy hearts that we learned that Professor Dominique Muller, Head of the Department of Basic Neurosciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva and co-director of the NCCR-Synapsy sadly died after a gliding accident Read more…


Stress and the social brain : effects and mechanisms

2 social brains

Prof. Carmen Sandi has published a review article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience on stress and the social brain. As noted in a review article by Carmen Sandi (> LGC lab), from the Brain Mind Institute at EPFL and József Haller, Read more…