The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

3D Imaging removes secrets of communication between brain cells


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)


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…

François Ansermet appointed to the French Committee of Ethics

François Ansermet portrait

François Ansermet, psychoanalyst and child psychiatrist and member of Synapsy, is the first non-French expert to serve on the French ethics advisory board. Progress in research brings with it ethical issues-research on embryos, surrogate motherhood, end-of-life concerns, donating organs-and sometimes Read more…