NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

MOOC on Autism Spectrum Disorders

A MOOC on autism spectrum disorders has been launched by the University of Geneva in partnership with the NCCR Synapsy. It brings together experts, videos and testimonies to describe the scientific basis of autism and explain how to recognize its signs from birth. This course Read more…


Radio show with Marie Schaer

Every Friday, the CQFD swiss radio show receives a scientist to talk about his or her work and research. The 6th of September 2019, the journalist Adrien Zerbini invited Marie Schaer, Synapsy member, professor at the University of Geneva, and Read more…


Early social contingencies impairment

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social and communication deficits, repetitive behaviors, and restricted interests. Literature shows that atypical neural processing of social visual information contributes to impaired social cognition. However, evidence for early developmental alterations Read more…


A gene to better understand autism and schizophrenia

Claudia Bagni’s laboratory, Synapsy member and director of the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences of the University of Lausanne, published a “Nature Communications” paper demonstrating that an alteration of the CYFIP1 gene in mice leads to a disruption of connections between Read more…


The rewarding work of translational projects

Team CB-MS

Camilla Bellone and Marie Schaer work in collaboration under the NCCR-Synapsy project. Camilla Bellone explores the use of animal models in social paradigms, to look at the causality between circuitry and mechanism and behaviour. Her recent work looks at dopaminergic Read more…


ASD : Protein synthesis as a possible biomarker

Eleonora Rosina

Eleonora Rosina   Highlight from the Bagni’s Lab Genes encoding for proteins involved in synaptic protein synthesis seem to contribute to the development of Autism Spectrum Disorders. They are now suspected as early biomarkers. Eleonora Rosina, a PhD student in Read more…


Social dopamine

Dopaminergic

Dopaminergic neurons of the VTA (green). Virus-infected neurons that can be inhibited to assess their effects on social behavior through chemogenetic approaches are in red. The level of infected dopamine neuron is about 50% (yellow).   Highlight from the Bellone’s Read more…


The brain is fighting against autism

eye-tracking

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 typical cerebral development. Right : the red dots are targeted by Read more…


Swiss Federal Council : Better integration of people with autism

Conseil Federal_2018

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 research project which proved the efficiency of early intervention on Read more…