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A novel pathway between stress and cognition
Developmental stress

A novel pathway between stress and cognition

A team of neuroscientists from EPFL, MIT and Stanford uncovered a new stress-related mechanism involved in memory deterioration. In ever faster moving societies, an increasing number of people is becoming...
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Professor Carmen Sandi has been awarded the Valkhof Chair 2015
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Professor Carmen Sandi has been awarded the Valkhof Chair 2015

Prof. Carmen Sandi has been awarded the Valkhof Chair 2015. On June 22nd, she had the opportunity to give this year's Valkhof Lecture, entitled: "The stressed social brain: from rodents...
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The brain, a mirror of the mother’s trauma
Developmental stress

The brain, a mirror of the mother’s trauma

Previous studies have shown it is more difficult for mothers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to a history of violent life events to react appropriately to their...
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Christian Lüscher becomes a member of the SAMS
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Christian Lüscher becomes a member of the SAMS

Professor Christian Lüscher from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and a NCCR Synapsy member joins the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) The senate of the Swiss Academy of Medical...
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Two young researchers awarded at the 2nd DNF Symposium
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Two young researchers awarded at the 2nd DNF Symposium

P. Bezzi, C. Bellone, F. Petrelli, S. Habbas During the 2nd DNF Symposium held at the DNF/CHUV, two young scientists working within the NCCR Synapsy received the 1st and 2nd...
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There’s more to a child than its reproductive beginnings
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There’s more to a child than its reproductive beginnings

In his book “La fabrication des enfants, un vertige technologique (Making children, A technological vertigo)”, published by Editions Odile Jacob, Prof. François Ansermet considers the novel situations arising from new...
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Regulating the brain’s redox state to prevent schizophrenia
Biomarkers of early psychosis Women in Science

Regulating the brain’s redox state to prevent schizophrenia

Kim Q. Do’s group show that cell-specific regulation of redox state balances critical periods of brain plasticity; essential as disruption of natural critical periods in brain development may be at...
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The tragic death of Professor Dominique Muller
22q11 deletion syndrome Autism Spectrum Disorder Biomarkers of early psychosis Developmental stress Mood disorders

The tragic death of Professor Dominique Muller

It is with heavy hearts that we learned that Professor Dominique Muller, Head of the Department of Basic Neurosciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva and...
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Stress and the social brain : effects and mechanisms
Developmental stress Women in Science

Stress and the social brain : effects and mechanisms

Prof. Carmen Sandi has published a review article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience on stress and the social brain. As noted in a review article by Carmen Sandi (> LGC lab),...
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Modeling the brain’s energy with glia cells (astrocytes)
Mood disorders

Modeling the brain’s energy with glia cells (astrocytes)

Glial cells Scientists at EPFL, KAUST and UCL have created the first computer model of the metabolic coupling between neuron and glia, an essential feature of brain function. Confirming previous...
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How stress affect self-confidence during competition time
Developmental stress Women in Science

How stress affect self-confidence during competition time

How does stress affect our self-confidence when we compete? An EPFL study shows how stress could actually be both a consequence and a cause of social and economic inequality, affecting...
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Adapting optogenetics to reverse cocaine behavior
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Adapting optogenetics to reverse cocaine behavior

Borrowing ideas from optogenetics, which uses light to control neurons, Christian Lüscher and colleagues have developed a combination therapy to treat cocaine-induced behaviors in mice. Recent research has shown that...
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Profs. Bellone and Gräff are part of the first FENS-Kavli Scholars (2014-2018)
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Profs. Bellone and Gräff are part of the first FENS-Kavli Scholars (2014-2018)

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Kavli Foundation have selected 20 young European neuroscience researchers for the excellence of their research. NCCR-Synapsy is very proud to announce...
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Towards a new diagnostic tool for autism and schizophrenia
Biomarkers of early psychosis

Towards a new diagnostic tool for autism and schizophrenia

Professor Draganski’s team analysed brains from people at risk of developing autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. This led to the discovery of a potential biomarker for preclinical use. Autism spectrum...
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A publication by Dominik Moser rewarded during the French Psychiatry Congress
Developmental stress Prize

A publication by Dominik Moser rewarded during the French Psychiatry Congress

During the French Psychiatry Congress; a prize goes to Dominik Moser, Ph. D student in Prof Daniel Schechter’s lab, for his work leading to an article published in Stress. On...
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Schizophrenic brains take indirect paths
Biomarkers of early psychosis

Schizophrenic brains take indirect paths

Regions with altered (yellow) brain connectivity in schizophrenia patients. Analysis of the structural connectivity in the brains of 16 schizophrenia patients reveals several zones affected by the disease and their...
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A new role for serotonin in psychiatric vulnerability
Developmental stress

A new role for serotonin in psychiatric vulnerability

Prof Dayer’s team has unveiled the crucial role of a serotonin receptor in the assembly of brain circuits. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter in our brain, is at the root of our...
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Neuroscientists awaken ghosts… hidden in our cortex
Biomarkers of early psychosis

Neuroscientists awaken ghosts… hidden in our cortex

Ghosts only exist in our minds, and we know precisely where to look for them. Patients suffering from neurological or psychiatric conditions have often reported a strange “feeling of a...
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Antioxidants to reduce schizophrenia risk
Biomarkers of early psychosis Women in Science

Antioxidants to reduce schizophrenia risk

In an article published in Neuron, Kim Do and her group reveal that deficits related to schizophrenia can be corrected by protecting a specific group of vulnerable neurons from oxidative...
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Lundbeck Institute Psychiatry Award attributed to a Synapsy study
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Lundbeck Institute Psychiatry Award attributed to a Synapsy study

The Lundbeck Institute awarded the Psychiatry Prize 2014 to Eva Choong and Prof. Chin B. Eap for their study on a gene that appears to be associated with overweight and...
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