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Neurons switches states to turn on and off learning
22q11 deletion syndrome

Neurons switches states to turn on and off learning

Pico Caroni and his team show how a network of neurons in hippocampus and cortex switches states to turn on and off learning in the adult. They further show how...
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Two Synapsy project leaders nominated at EPFL
Nomination

Two Synapsy project leaders nominated at EPFL

Richard Frackowiak and Richard Petersen At its meeting held in December, the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology appointed seven professors at EPFL. Among them, two project leaders...
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The synaptic interactions driving the neural circuit computations underlying any goal-directed sensorimotor transformation
Miscellaneous

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

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...
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Nobel Prize 2013 : Thomas Südhof, a pioneer of synaptic mechanisms
Prize

Nobel Prize 2013 : Thomas Südhof, a pioneer of synaptic mechanisms

Thomas Südhof Ralf Schneggenburger shares his views on the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate. The 2013 Nobel Prize honours three scientists who have solved the mystery of...
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Cocaine tampers with the brain’s brakes
KTT

Cocaine tampers with the brain’s brakes

New results from Christian Lüscher and his group show that cocaine not only acts on excitatory transmission but also affects inhibitory transmission provoking loss of an intrinsic brake in the...
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Stéphane Baudouin receives the 2013 Life Sciences Award
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Stéphane Baudouin receives the 2013 Life Sciences Award

The Junior Debiopharm Group Life Sciences Awards 2013 was awarded during the annual EPFL Life Science Symposium (LSS2013), to the PostDoc student from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel....
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Gene appears to be associated with obesity in psychiatric patients
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Gene appears to be associated with obesity in psychiatric patients

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...
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Sense of smell : nose and brain make quite a team… in disconnection
22q11 deletion syndrome

Sense of smell : nose and brain make quite a team… in disconnection

Visual retentivity of an orchid in the brain Alan Carleton's team (UNIGE) has just shown that the representation of an odor evolves after the first breath, and that an olfactory...
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Full body illusion is associated with a drop in skin temperature
Biomarkers of early psychosis

Full body illusion is associated with a drop in skin temperature

Researchers from the Center for Neuroprosthetics at the EPFL show that people can be tricked into feeling that an image of a human figure -an avatar- is their own body....
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Pico Caroni receives prestigious Théodore Ott Prize
Prize

Pico Caroni receives prestigious Théodore Ott Prize

Pico Caroni, Group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, professor at the University of Basel and member of the NCCR Synapsy, has received on June 7, 2013 in...
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Scientists discover the origin of a giant synapse
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Scientists discover the origin of a giant synapse

Calyx of Held synapse covering the neuron soma How do we locate the spatial position of sounds? Scientists have revealed a mechanism responsible for the creation of giant synapses in...
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Caroni publication named as one of the most influential in 25 years
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Caroni publication named as one of the most influential in 25 years

A publication of Pico Caroni was named one of the most influential publications in the 25-year-long history of Neuron. The publication identified Nogo-A as an inhibitor of neurite growth and...
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Childhood trauma leaves marks on the brain
Developmental stress Women in Science

Childhood trauma leaves marks on the brain

EPFL scientists have found that childhood trauma leaves a lasting imprint on the brain – a structural change that is related to a predisposition to violence. It is well known...
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Disorder of neuronal circuits in autism is reversible
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Disorder of neuronal circuits in autism is reversible

Synaptic connections in the brain of a mouse model for autism People with autism suffer from a pervasive developmental disorder of the brain that becomes evident in early childhood. Peter...
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Calling for pilot projects
Miscellaneous

Calling for pilot projects

As indicated during the kickoff meeting (1 October 2010) and during the retreat of the NCCR-Synapsy in Villars (April 1 and 2, 2011), it is the intention of Synapsy to...
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