NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

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…


To have flair: Practice makes perfect!

Alan Carleton link to video

The human brain has the ability to recognize and process a very wide range of sensory stimuli, from which it builds a mental representation. But do these representations change over time? Can we learn to classify and interpret stimuli more Read more…


Making mental health a global priority

Who hasn’t felt a sense of loss or detachment from our families, friends, and regular routines, or experienced nervousness and anxiety about changes in our personal and professional lives? For some, fear and worry constantly distract, confuse, and agitate. For Read more…


There’s more to a child than its reproductive beginnings

Ansermet New Book

In his book “La fabrication des enfants, un vertige technologique (Making children, A technological vertigo)”, published by Editions Odile Jacob, Prof. François Ansermet considers the novel situations arising from new advances in medically assisted procreation. Professor François Ansermet whose research Read more…


Effectiveness of multisensory teaching methods demonstrated

multisensory brain

The research team lead by Micah Murray, project leader of the NCCR-Synapsy and professor at the University of Lausanne, has shown that your memory abilities can be predicted by how easily you put together auditory and visual information. Imagine you Read more…


The synaptic interactions driving the neural circuit computations underlying any goal-directed sensorimotor transformation

sensory-process in mouse

The research undertaken by Prof. Carl Petersen and his group about the causal description of the synaptic interactions driving the neural circuit computations underlying any learned, goal-directed sensorimotor transformation is published in Nature Neuroscience. Sensory perceptions are thought to be Read more…


Gene appears to be associated with obesity in psychiatric patients

obesity vs normal

A gene appears to be associated with overweight and obesity in psychiatric patients, as well as the general population, according to a report of Prof. Chin-Bin Eap’s group, published in JAMA Psychiatry. The CREB-regulated transcription coactivator 1 (CRTC1) gene is Read more…