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The WP#3 is setting the tone
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The WP#3 is setting the tone

A new Synapsy era has emerged with the entering in Phase-3. Its success will depend, among other things, on Synapsy’s ability to transfer technologies. It didn’t take long to hear...
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Synapsy enters Phase-3 with new challenges
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Synapsy enters Phase-3 with new challenges

The Synapsy Group - Villars 2018 Following a successful Site-Visit, Synapsy has officially entered Phase-3 in October 2018. A final decision regarding the overall funding for Synapsy’s third phase is...
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The brain is fighting against autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder Newsletter Women in Science

The brain is fighting against autism

Eye-tracking experience Each dot indicates the position of the gaze while viewing a video showing a child playing. Left : the blue dots are the areas targeted by a child with...
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Link between childhood trauma and symptoms of psychosis
Biomarkers of early psychosis

Link between childhood trauma and symptoms of psychosis

Two teams from the CHUV Department of Psychiatry are publishing results indicating the important role of antioxidants in preventing the harmful consequences of childhood trauma in psychosis. The team of...
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Bringing psychiatric neuroscience to teachers
Developmental stress Women in Science

Bringing psychiatric neuroscience to teachers

Last October 29th, the Synapsy clinical researcher, Camille Piguet, took part in a day of in-service training for teachers at the Collège du Léman. Each year, the teachers of this international school, which...
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Antioxidants to heal the brain in psychosis?
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Antioxidants to heal the brain in psychosis?

The Centre for Psychiatric Neuroscience and the CHUV-Department of General Psychiatry have just published the results of a study suggesting the protective effects of antioxidant treatment on the brains of...
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An innovating treatment of psychosis based on biomarkers
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An innovating treatment of psychosis based on biomarkers

Two units of the Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the Harvard Medical School, have tried innovative treatment in patients who have recently developed psychosis. Their results were published in...
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Dopamine, a key component of heroin addiction
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Dopamine, a key component of heroin addiction

Photo illustrating dopaminergic neurons (in red). In green, are dopaminergic neurons that have been activated by heroin. In blue, a marking of the nuclei of the cells. © UNIGE Addiction...
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Swiss Federal Council : Better integration of people with autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Swiss Federal Council : Better integration of people with autism

The NCCR-Synapsy played a key role in this initiative by the Swiss Federal Council, with two of its PIs -  Prof. Marie Schaer and Prof. Stephan Eliez – coordinating the...
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Resynchronizing neurons to erase schizophrenia
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Resynchronizing neurons to erase schizophrenia

By increasing the excitability of a subpopulation of “defective” inhibitory neurons, researchers at the UNIGE restore the synchronization of neural networks in the hippocampus, and are thus able to suppress...
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L-Lactate: from neural network potentiation to neuroprotection
Mood disorders

L-Lactate: from neural network potentiation to neuroprotection

NMDA receptors are involved in several aspects of fundamental brain functions, as well as in a variety of neurological disorders. In its last study published in the Nature series “Scientific Report”,...
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Interneuron plasticity initiates the rewiring of the auditory cortex
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Interneuron plasticity initiates the rewiring of the auditory cortex

 EPFL neuroscientists have found that the output synapses of certain interneurons in the cortex show long-term plasticity. This plasticity occurs during a critical period of brain development and might contribute...
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Astrocytes are involved in personality disorders
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Astrocytes are involved in personality disorders

A new Study conducted by the Synapsy researcher Paola Bezzi and published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry shows that neuronal development in the prefrontal cortex and associated cognitive processes,...
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MD-PhD fellowship awarded to Aurélie Bochet
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MD-PhD fellowship awarded to Aurélie Bochet

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...
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Philippe Conus elected Vice President of IEPA
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Philippe Conus elected Vice President of IEPA

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,...
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Amputees consider their prosthetic limb is an extension of their own body
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Amputees consider their prosthetic limb is an extension of their own body

Merely having the prosthetic limb is not enough to assist the amputees with their activities. Many amputees skip the extended use of their prosthetic limb as their misplaced limb does not...
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Researchers find dominant men can make decisions faster
Developmental stress

Researchers find dominant men can make decisions faster

Men who exhibit high social dominance make faster decisions than low-dominance men even outside a social context, finds a large behavioral study from EPFL. Hierarchies exist across all human and...
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Autism social interaction difficulties caused by poor synapse maturation
Autism Spectrum Disorder Women in Science

Autism social interaction difficulties caused by poor synapse maturation

A significant debilitating factor for those afflicted with autism spectral disorders (ASD) is impairment of social communication. Now, a team of investigators from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Basel...
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Targeting a brain mechanism could treat aggression and violent behavior
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Targeting a brain mechanism could treat aggression and violent behavior

EPFL neuroscientists have identified a brain mechanism that is linked to aggression and violent behavior, potentially forming the basis for treating aggression in several psychiatric disorders. Violence, which, needless to...
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Budding Clinical-Scientists
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Budding Clinical-Scientists

Vincienne Naef, Grace Kurian and Marc-Aurèle Adler Vincienne Naef, Grace Kurian and Marc-Aurèle Adler are third and fourth year medical students at the University of Geneva. All three attended the...
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