Dominique Muller leaves behind an indelible imprint

Dominique Muller

Remembering Dominique Muller Dominique Muller, the former Synapsy co-director who passed away three years ago, was commemorated in a one-day conference on April 19, when the lecture theater at the Louis Jeantet Foundation played host to family members, old colleagues Read more…


Kim Do : “Knowledge frees mental illness from stigma”

Kim Do SIRS-award

Kim Do receiving the 2018 SIRS Outstanding Basic Science Award, and Professor René Kahn. Kim Do has devoted most of her career to understanding the origins, effects and potential opportunities linked to an observation she made in patients suffering from Read more…


Early psychoses

Coronal, sagittal and axial views

NAC improves fornix integrity in parallel to the increase of brain glutathione and cognition improvement. 6-month longitudinal gFA changes : NAC vs Placebo. Coronal, sagittal and axial views show voxel-wise analysis results indicating location (body of the fornix) of time Read more…


Synapsy sets it course for 2022, borne along by rising synergies

WP2 team

Do/Conus Team Members. From left to right, front : Sara Camporesi, Gloria Reuteler, Ines Khadimallah, Adeline Cottier, Kim Do Cuénod, Martine Cleusix, Margot Fournier, Lijing Xin; behind : Clémentine Vincent, Raoul Jenni, Guillaume Marillier, Pascal Steullet, Paul Klauser, Philipp Baumann, Gilles Allenbach, Read more…


Women in science – Equal gender opportunities

equal opportunites logo

Equal Gender Opportunities New Synapsy Perspectives During the first and second phases of NCCR-Synapsy, several practical actions for the advancement of women were realized, inter alia, via a fruitful collaboration with EPFL’s Equal Opportunities Office. Synapsy’s management has now transferred Read more…


Portrait : 5 questions for Thomas Marissal

Thomas Marissal portrait

Thomas Marissal was born in Carpentras, France. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in neurobiology from the University of Aix-Marseille. Thomas subsequently completed a doctoral thesis under the supervision of professors Yehezkel Ben-Ari and Rosa Cossart Read more…


Re-orchestrating neural networks to counter schizophrenia

Parvalbumin neurons

A three-level study of the synaptic structure, neural network and behavior is particularly helpful for understanding neuropsychiatric diseases, including schizophrenia and patients with 22q11 microdeletion. The structural properties of neurons at the synaptic scale influence their effective and functional connectivity. Read more…


Portrait : 5 questions for Maria Padula

Maria Padula portrait

Maria Padula studied biology at the University of Salento Lecce in Italy before obtaining a master’s degree in neurobiology at the University of Pisa. Maria joined Stephan Eliez’s group in 2013 for her PhD thesis in Neurosciences, which she obtained Read more…


Highlight psychiatry clinical cohort : Perceiving schizophrenia

percieving shcizophrenia diagram

One in every 100 children develops schizophrenia in adulthood. But how can we know which children? Brain-imaging studies performed on the 22q11ds at-risk population provide some preliminary answers. In Switzerland, as elsewhere, one per cent of the general population develops Read more…