NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

Editorial by Camilla Bellone, Carmen Sandi and Philippe Conus

Dear Colleagues, It is with a profound grief that we are writing the editorial of this issue of the NCCR Synapsy Newsletter. As you certainly all know, Alexandre Dayer, the Director of the NCCR Synapsy tragically passed away on June Read more…


Synapsy model imitated worldwide

The translational graduate program at the International Max-Planck Research School for Translational Psychiatry – which is similar to Synapsy’s – is used to teach physicians and researchers. Two PhD students tell us about their approach and training. Synapsy researchers and Read more…


Using genetics and sharing to study autism

French researcher Thomas Bourgeron is a pioneer in genetic research on autism. The professor was also our guest at the last Neurobiology of Mental Health conference. In this article, he tells us all about his initial findings that link genes Read more…


What will the psychiatry of tomorrow look like?

A female student in medicine at the University of Geneva (who is keen to remain anonymous) dreams of a career in psychiatry. To achieve her goals, she is soaking up neuroscience and research, much like the new generation of psychiatrists Read more…


The Harmful Effects of Stress Unraveled – Alexandre Dayer

The 12th Synapsy newsletter is rich with interviews and portraits of students, clinical scientists and more senior researchers from the developmental stress working group of Synapsy (work package 4, WP#4). Its objective is to evaluate the long-term effect of exposure Read more…


Halfway between cell biology and patient care

Zoé Schilliger was one of the three 2019 winners of the Synapsy clinician-researcher grant. She is embarking on a PhD on anxiety that is based on the expertise of two Synapsy work packages. It is a fascinating project that combines Read more…


Anti-stress meditation

Is meditation effective as an early intervention to reduce reactivity to stress and anxiety? The Mindfulteen study investigates the question using brain imaging. Mindfulness meditation is a technique borrowed from oriental medicine that consists of training oneself to be in Read more…


Breaking the transmission of trauma

Children of mothers with post-traumatic stress disorder have difficulty processing their emotions. Defining the neural bases of this dysfunction will help develop future treatments. Transmitting information, you do not have is by its very nature a tricky, even impossible, exercise. Read more…


Making a living on two wheels and electroencephalography

Virginie Perizzolo tells us how cycling and speech therapy helped her recently graduate from the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School.   What training did you do to become a doctor in neuroscience? First, I got a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy Read more…