NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

From science to yoga — and back to science

After initial studies in science, Zeynep Knight-Celen opts for a life practicing and teaching yoga. Ten years later her interest in the workings of the mind rekindles her scientific curiosity and leads her to a PhD position in the Mindfulness Read more…


Confined planet: a challenge for women

Following the WHO’s announcement on the coronavirus pandemic, our planet entered several weeks of confinement. Since then, the scientific community has been studying the consequences of this health crisis, particularly on women. As women are in the majority in the 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…


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…


No clinical work without understanding the basics

Silvia Monari explains the difficult choice she had to make between medicine and life sciences when deciding on what direction her studies would take. Silvia tells us how she intends to detect biomarkers of disease and possible therapeutic intervention for Read more…


Mapping the emotional management of trauma

Trauma can induce fear pathologies, which are treated using psychotherapeutic approaches whose brain pathways have recently been identified. Fear leaves traces in the brain, and remembering it causes a feeling of discomfort. During extreme trauma—such as the shock of war, Read more…


Neural signature of trait anxiety

The neurological basis of trait anxiety, a risk factor for the development of neuropsychiatric diseases, revealed by Synapsy researchers. Trait anxiety is a personality dimension related to the extent to which events are perceived as potentially threatening. The identification of Read more…


Two Synapsy Neuroscientists Win Prestigious European Grants

Camilla Bellone, member of the NCCR-Synapsy and researcher at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), was awarded the European Research Council’s ERC Consolidator grant. Additionally, Alan Carleton, also a member of Synapsy and researcher at UNIGE, was awarded the ERC Synergy Read more…