NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

Johannes Gräff appointed Vallee Scholar

The Valle Foundation has chosen EPFL Professor and Synapsy member Johannes Gräff among the winners of its scholarships. The Vallee Foundation was founded in 1996 by Bert and Kuggie Vallee “to foster originality, creativity, and leadership within biomedical scientific research and medical Read more…


Early social contingencies impairment

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social and communication deficits, repetitive behaviors, and restricted interests. Literature shows that atypical neural processing of social visual information contributes to impaired social cognition. However, evidence for early developmental alterations Read more…


A gene to better understand autism and schizophrenia

Claudia Bagni’s laboratory, Synapsy member and director of the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences of the University of Lausanne, published a “Nature Communications” paper demonstrating that an alteration of the CYFIP1 gene in mice leads to a disruption of connections between Read more…


Grant from the National MD-PhD program for Dr. Michel Godel

The MD-PhD national program grants allow eleven young doctors engaged in research to complete a doctorate in natural sciences, public health, clinical research or biomedical ethics at a Swiss university. Applications for an MD-PhD grant were evaluated in two stages: Read more…


Two EPFL spin-offs reach the finals of an international competition

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EPFL spinoffs Lumendo and GliaPharm are among 80 deep-tech startups from around the world that have qualified for the finals of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge in Paris tomorrow. The finalists will pitch their company to a jury of technology specialists Read more…


Carmen Sandi wins the first Ron de Kloet award

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Professor Carmen Sandi at EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute, has won the first Ron de Kloet award from the STRESS-NL consortium. The STRESS-NL is a consortium of different institutions that “envisions that combining forces between researchers across the Netherlands ranging from Read more…


MD-PhD fellowship awarded to Aurélie Bochet

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The SNSF, the SAMS and the Swiss cancer research foundation will support ten young medical researchers in doing their MD-PhDs. The national MD-PhD commission has awarded fellowships to 10 of the 23 medical researchers proposed by the local MD-PhD commissions. Read more…


Philippe Conus elected Vice President of IEPA

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Philippe Conus, ordinary professor at the FBM-UNIL and head of the General Psychiatry Department of the CHUV, has been elected vice-president for Europe of the IEPA-Early Intervention in Mental Health, an international scientific society that aims to promote early intervention Read more…


Carmen Sandi appointed President of FENS

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The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies has appointed EPFL Professor Carmen Sandi as its President. FENS has appointed EPFL Professor Carmen Sandi as its new President. Professor Sandi directs the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics at EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute. Her Read more…