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Re-orchestrating neural networks to counter schizophrenia

Re-orchestrating neural networks to counter schizophrenia

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...
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Portrait : 5 questions for Maria Padula

Portrait : 5 questions for Maria Padula

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...
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Highlight psychiatry clinical cohort : Perceiving schizophrenia

Highlight psychiatry clinical cohort : Perceiving schizophrenia

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,...
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The 22q11DS cohort reaches maturity

The 22q11DS cohort reaches maturity

As Synapsy is addressing 22q11 deletion syndrome and schizophrenia in its seventh Newsletter, the 22q11 cohort is reaching maturity, poised to deliver the fruits of a successful synergy between clinical...
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Pierre J. Magistretti : A life-long passion for neuroscience

Pierre J. Magistretti : A life-long passion for neuroscience

Professor Magistretti has devoted his career to studying the interactions between neurons and glial cells, psychiatry and developing neuroscience at home and abroad – and he looks set to continue...
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Gender equality from a European perspective: myth and reality

Gender equality from a European perspective: myth and reality

Population: sex ratio in europe 2016 In the past 50 years, significant progress in women’s equality has been made worldwide. Western countries, particularly European countries, have implemented initiatives to attain...
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Identification of a causal mechanism of schizophrenia

Identification of a causal mechanism of schizophrenia

The Schizophrenia Research Unit has identified a common genetic mechanism for schizophrenia and autism, which induces impaired cognitive performance of the brain. The Schizophrenia Research Unit (URS) of the Center...
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Antioxidant treatment against schizophrenia

Antioxidant treatment against schizophrenia

A joint team between the Lausanne CHUV and Harvard American University paves the way for a new neuroprotective treatment for schizophrenia. Three questions to Kim Do, head of the Center...
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Grand Prix Halphen 2017 to Prof. Philippe Conus

Grand Prix Halphen 2017 to Prof. Philippe Conus

This prize, awarded by the Academy of Sciences (Institut de France), rewards the global approach, both clinical and research, aiming at early detection of psychotic disorders implemented by Prof. Conus...
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A treatment of psychosis based on biomarkers

A treatment of psychosis based on biomarkers

The Centre of Psychiatric Neurosciences (CNP) schizophrenia research Unit (Prof. Kim Do Cuénod) and the CHUV General Psychiatry Department (Prof. Philippe Conus), in partnership with the Harvard Medical School of...
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N. & C. Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award 2017 to Daniel Schechter

N. & C. Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award 2017 to Daniel Schechter

Dr. Daniel S. Schechter completed undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory and Columbia College before pursuing an MA in music at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr....
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Virtual reality reduces phantom pain in paraplegics

Virtual reality reduces phantom pain in paraplegics

Virtual reality reduces phantom body pain in paraplegics and creates the illusion that they can feel their paralyzed legs being touched again. The results could one day translate into therapies...
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Survey: Switzerland has a mental health Röstigraben

Survey: Switzerland has a mental health Röstigraben

People in French and Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland are nearly twice as likely to feel depressed as those in German regions, according to a report. Residents of the cantons of...
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Sleepwalkers are better at automatic walking

Sleepwalkers are better at automatic walking

Sleepwalkers who are awake may have a multi-tasking advantage over non-sleepwalkers, according to recent research that uses virtual reality. Try counting backwards from 200 in steps of 7 while walking...
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Advanced artificial limbs mapped in the brain

Advanced artificial limbs mapped in the brain

EPFL scientists from the Center for Neuroprosthetics have used functional MRI to show how the brain re-maps motor and sensory pathways following targeted muscle and sensory reinnervation (TMSR), a neuroprosthetic...
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Meaghan Creed rewarded for her neuro research

Meaghan Creed rewarded for her neuro research

To Chatham native Meaghan Creed, the brain is a puzzle. Her quest for solutions has taken her to Switzerland and now Maryland. Creed, 30, is turning heads with her research...
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Prof. Eliez tells us more about last July ESCAP 17th Congress

Prof. Eliez tells us more about last July ESCAP 17th Congress

The seventeenth International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) — with “transition” as its central theme — was held in Geneva in July 2017 with...
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Change the way you see your life ! (SNSF Image Competition)

Change the way you see your life ! (SNSF Image Competition)

A patient with severe attention deficit is playing a video game. The goal is to pilot a space shuttle with the brain by means of an electrode placed in the...
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Pavoncella Award for Female Creativity 2017 to Claudia Bagni

Pavoncella Award for Female Creativity 2017 to Claudia Bagni

In June 2017, Claudia Bagni received the Pavoncella Award for the Scientific Creativity for her research work on synaptic plasticity and neurodevelopmental disorders. The prize reward Italian and non-Italian women...
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A brain-system that builds confidence in what we see, hear and touch

A brain-system that builds confidence in what we see, hear and touch

A series of experiments at EPFL provide conclusive evidence that the brain uses a single mechanism (supramodality) to estimate confidence in different senses such as audition, touch, or vision. The...
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