NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

Amputees consider their prosthetic limb is an extension of their own body

prosthetic arm

Merely having the prosthetic limb is not enough to assist the amputees with their activities. Many amputees skip the extended use of their prosthetic limb as their misplaced limb does not meet the criteria of their prosthesis. This actually means that Read more…


‘Nuit de la Science’, Neurofeedback booth

Nuit de la science (1)

‘Nuit de la Science’ in Geneva, the night of Saturday July 7, 2018 The ‘Night of Science’ keeps its audience awake ! When scientists share some of their knowledge to everyone, it’s just great! The Neurofeedback booth at Campus Biotech Read more…


Virtual reality reduces phantom pain in paraplegics

VR paraplegics

Virtual reality reduces phantom body pain in paraplegics and creates the illusion that they can feel their paralyzed legs being touched again. The results could one day translate into therapies to reduce chronic pain in paraplegics. In breakthrough research led Read more…


Advanced artificial limbs mapped in the brain

Artificial arm

EPFL scientists from the Center for Neuroprosthetics have used functional MRI to show how the brain re-maps motor and sensory pathways following targeted muscle and sensory reinnervation (TMSR), a neuroprosthetic approach where residual limb nerves are rerouted towards intact muscles Read more…


Prof. Eliez tells us more about last July ESCAP 17th Congress

ESCAP auditorium

The seventeenth International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) — with “transition” as its central theme — was held in Geneva in July 2017 with nearly 1,400 psychiatrists in attendance. The congress received substantial backing Read more…


Your brain’s connections exist in 8 dimensions

brain connections

How can we understand the insanely complex mess of information that’s constantly buzzing inside our brain? With 100 billion neurons in the average human brain, and 100 trillion connections between them, there isn’t an easy answer. Neuroscientists today use MRIs Read more…


Some genes evolved from an immune function to an olfactory role

Olfactory diagram

Researchers demonstrate how some genes evolved from an immune function to an olfactory role in some mammals. Mammals possess several lines of defense against microbes. One of them is activated when receptors called Fprs, which are present on immune cells, Read more…


GliaPharm moves to Campus Biotech

gliapharm team

C. Finsterwald, A. Magistretti, P. Magistretti, S. Lengacher GliaPharm, tackling Stephen Hawking’s disease, moves to Campus Biotech, Geneva. There are approximately 800 people working in the Campus Biotech building, say its promoteurs. However, some floors of the Lemanic pole dedicated Read more…


Immersive virtual-reality creation software for everyone

VR software

IMVERSE, an EPFL spinoff, has developed a software that lets users convert 360-degree images from 2D into 3D and both manipulate and create virtual-reality content in real time with the help of virtual-reality glasses. The system will be unveiled at Read more…