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How chronic stress tears us apart
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How chronic stress tears us apart

Chronic stress can lead to behavioral problems. Prof Carmen Sandi's team has discovered an important synaptic mechanism: the activation of a cleaving enzyme, leading to these problems. Why is it...
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Best Poster Award to Anne Ruef
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Best Poster Award to Anne Ruef

Anne Ruef and Prof. Yves Dunant During the Lemanic Neuroscience Annual Meeting, held in Les Diablerets on August 29-30, 2014, Anne Ruef won the prize for the best poster or...
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Long-term potentiation in silent neurons
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Long-term potentiation in silent neurons

The team led by Anthony Holtmaat, professor at UNIGE and member of the NCCR-Synapsy, was able to demonstrate that the sensory stimulus alone can generate long-term synaptic. Their research on...
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Effectiveness of multisensory teaching methods demonstrated
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Effectiveness of multisensory teaching methods demonstrated

The research team lead by Micah Murray, project leader of the NCCR-Synapsy and professor at the University of Lausanne, has shown that your memory abilities can be predicted by how...
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The role of lactate in boosting memory
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The role of lactate in boosting memory

Researchers from the Laboratory of Neuroenergetics and Cellular Dynamics (LNDC-EPFL), headed by Prof. Magistretti, have decoded the mechanism by which a glucose derivative activates receptors involved in memorization. Everyone knows...
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An innovative way to reduce traumatic memories
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An innovative way to reduce traumatic memories

In a recent meta-analysis, Johannes Gräff (lab), project leader at NCCR-Synapsy and at the Brain Mind Institute (EPFL) and Li-Huei Tsai from the MIT review the existing literature about long-term...
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A breakthrough in understanding brain-learning processes
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A breakthrough in understanding brain-learning processes

Plasticity of the astrocytic processes (green) around a dendritic spine (red) in a post-synaptic receiving neuron structure transferring a sensory impulse. Professor Dominique Muller, co-director of the NCCR-Synapsy, and his...
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Carmen Sandi awarded the Behavioral Brain Research Prize
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Carmen Sandi awarded the Behavioral Brain Research Prize

Carmen Sandi, project leader on the "Developmental stress" project of Synapsy and head of the Brain Mind Institute (EPFL), received the Behavioral Brain Research Prize last Sunday. On the occasion...
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Martina Franchini awarded the Best Poster Prize
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Martina Franchini awarded the Best Poster Prize

Martina Franchini, researcher from Marie Schaer and Stephan Eliez’s group, was honored by the Swiss Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents during its Annual Congress. Martina Franchini...
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Kim Do and Andrea Volterra new members of the SAMS
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Kim Do and Andrea Volterra new members of the SAMS

The Senate of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) appointed Kim Do and Andrea Volterra, project leaders at the NCCR-Synapsy, as individual members of the Academy. Kim Do is...
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Peter Scheiffele awarded the Robert Bing Prize
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Peter Scheiffele awarded the Robert Bing Prize

The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) has awarded Prof. Peter Scheiffele from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and Prof. Denis Jabaudon of the University of Geneva with...
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Discovery of a neuronal population that filters sensory information
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Discovery of a neuronal population that filters sensory information

In the center:"Panache shaped" neurons population sent by olfactory sensory cells. Our five senses collect data for complex perceptual systems in the brain allowing us to make sense of the...
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How a wine taster gets a good nose
Biomarkers of early psychosis

How a wine taster gets a good nose

Professor Carleton’s group have just revealed that olfactory training leads to enhanced odorant detection and discrimination. They show that this happens by plasticity at early stages of odour processing in...
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Micah Murray is awarded the Research Prize of the Swiss Brain League
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Micah Murray is awarded the Research Prize of the Swiss Brain League

Profs. Magistretti and Murray The 2014 Research Prize of the Swiss Brain League (Hirnliga) is awarded to Prof. Micah M. Murray (UNIL-CHUV) and to Prof. Christoph S. Herrmann (University of...
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Brain changes tied to electroconvulsive therapy
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Brain changes tied to electroconvulsive therapy

Bogdan Draganski’s team, from the 'Laboratoire de recherche en neuroimagerie (LREN)' at CHUV/UNIL, publishes an article highlighting the potential effects of electroconvulsive therapy on the brain. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), a...
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François Ansermet appointed to the French Committee of Ethics
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François Ansermet appointed to the French Committee of Ethics

François Ansermet, psychoanalyst and child psychiatrist and member of Synapsy, is the first non-French expert to serve on the French ethics advisory board. Progress in research brings with it ethical...
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Neurons switches states to turn on and off learning
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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
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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
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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
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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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