The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

Brain Awareness Week 2019 : Synapsy members in the spotlight


The 2019 Brain Awareness Week took place March 11 to 17. The Universities of Geneva (UNIGE >) and Lausanne (UNIL-CHUV >) have once again proposed a rich and varied program in order to present the latest advances in biomedical research 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…

Autism social interaction difficulties caused by poor synapse maturation


A significant debilitating factor for those afflicted with autism spectral disorders (ASD) is impairment of social communication. Now, a team of investigators from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Basel (UNIBAS), in Switzerland believe they have uncovered what happens in Read more…

Camilla Bellone interviewed by RTS-CQFD radio

Camilla Bellone

Let’s meet with Camilla Bellone, a specialist in social interactions. One hour to get to know this specialist in social interactions and talk about neurons, autism and schizophrenia. On the phone: Christian Lüscher, professor of fundamental neuroscience at UNIGE. Full Read more…

SHANK3 controls maturation of social reward circuits in the VTA

shShank3 Imagery

The autism spectrum disorders are a heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental disorders whose main characteristic alterations in social communication, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. If the assumptions to identify alterations in brain circuits that could be responsible for autism disorders are Read more…

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 that Professors Camilla Bellone and Johannes Gräff are among the Read more…