L-Lactate: from neural network potentiation to neuroprotection

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NMDA receptors are involved in several aspects of fundamental brain functions, as well as in a variety of neurological disorders. In its last study published in the Nature series “Scientific Report”, the laboratory of Pierre Magistretti reveals that L-Lactate is a Read more…


Roland Hasler at the International ADHD Congress in Tel Aviv

Roland Hasler giving a conference

Roland Hasler presenting –  March 2018 Dr Roland Hasler presented Synapsy’s research on electroencephalogram (EEG) Neurofeedback on adult patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Neurofeedback (NF) uses EEG brain-computer interface to give participants a real-time feedback about their brain Read more…


Survey: Switzerland has a mental health Röstigraben

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People in French and Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland are nearly twice as likely to feel depressed as those in German regions, according to a report. Residents of the cantons of Vaud and Ticino are most likely to suffer from feelings Read more…


Change the way you see your life ! (SNSF Image Competition)

Image competition

A patient with severe attention deficit is playing a video game. The goal is to pilot a space shuttle with the brain by means of an electrode placed in the parietal region. As the game progresses, the patient player is Read more…


3D Imaging removes secrets of communication between brain cells

3D-Imaging

Prof. Andrea Volterra and his team from the Department of Fundamental Neuroscience (UNIL) have pioneered a new approach allowing correct study of astrocyte-synapse-blood vessel interactions: 3D volumetric two-photon imaging. This method enables an unprecedented, comprehensive view of the multiform astrocyte Read more…


Could “forgetting” be the cure to addictions

Erasing addictions

The research groups of Dr Benjamin Boutrel, PD, MER1 from the Psychiatry Department, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, CHUV and Prof. Pierre Magistretti from the University of Lausanne and the EPFL published an article in the prestigious journal Molecular Psychiatry 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…


Modeling the brain’s energy with glia cells (astrocytes)

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Glial cells Scientists at EPFL, KAUST and UCL have created the first computer model of the metabolic coupling between neuron and glia, an essential feature of brain function. Confirming previous experimental data, the model is now being integrated into the Read more…


The role of lactate in boosting memory

glial cells

Researchers from the Laboratory of Neuroenergetics and Cellular Dynamics (LNDC-EPFL), headed by Prof. Magistretti, have decoded the mechanism by which a glucose derivative activates receptors involved in memorization. Everyone knows that neurons are the key to how the brain operates. Read more…