The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases



  • Les limites du cerveau humain Micah Murray
    Le Temps

  • The cortex plays an essential role in emotional learning Andreas Luthi (FMI) et al. showed, for the first time, that the cortex, the most important area of the brain that is usually associated with high cognitive functions, is also a key area for emotional learning.

  • La palabra puede curar como un farmaco Pierre Magistretti
    La Vanguardia

  • Cocaine addicts given hope Christian Lüscher and team have unveiled research that could be used to help combat cocaine addiction.
    Le Temps

  • Sortir des crises d’angoisse Pierre Marquet
    Migros Magazine

  • The apprehension of schizophrenia In the past, schizophrenia was sometimes frowned upon or misunderstood. But today, society and the medical world’s views have changed on these patients. The head of the psychiatric department of the CHUV, Philippe Conus, talks about it.
    RTS radio La 1ère – Le 12h30


  • The shock of the ‘bad news’ François Ansermet (et al.) explains the psychiatric mechanisms put in place to bear with bad news.
    RTS1 tv – 36.9°

  • Self-portraits, Consciousness, and the Brain at swissnex San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
    Olaf Blanke describes recent advances in decoding the phenomena of body consciousness and out-of-body experiences, and how these may relate to painted self-portraits.

  • L’exploration d’un monde qui changera l’humanité Pierre Magistretti
    Le Temps

  • The brain in every way
    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is used experimentally to treat certain disorders of the brain, such as depression and schizophrenia. Interview with Micah Murray.
    RTS radio La 1ère – Impatience


  • The enigmas of pleasure – Les énigmes du plaisir Pierre Magistretti et François Ansermet authors of the book, éd. Odile Jacob.
    RTS radio La 1ère – Rien n’est joué

  • Astrocytes at the core of the neural network Professor Volterra’s group manages to observe at the most elementary level the fascinating interactions of an astrocyte with the multitude of surrounding synapses.

  • The Synapsy project : a meeting point between clinical and neurosciences Synapsy members explains their work within Synapsy Work Packages.
    La Revue Médicale Suisse

  • School for mice To understand what strategies we develop to remember, for example, a phone number, Sylvain Lengacher uses … mice.
    RTS radio La 1ère – Impatience


  • The genetic origins of schizophrenia This is not a gene but many genetic variants that would be involved in one form or another of the disease. Kim Do explains.
    Le Temps (pdf)

  • Neurons and spirit: the revolution Knowing the brain: Imagery upsets research; Treating the brain: On the trail of new treatments.
    CHUV Magazine – Été 2011 


  • François Ansermet interviewed

  • Non-genes predispose to genetic diseases Stylianos Antonarakis explored our “junk DNA”, claimed to be useless. He found a treasure that could upset medical genetics.


  • New light on how mind meets brain Unusual collaboration by two Swiss academics (P. Magistretti and F. Ansermet) into the relation between mind and body could open up the way to new treatments for patients with psychological disorders.


  • Le diagnostic psychiatrique Interview de François Ansermet
    Le Temps