The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

Two EPFL spin-offs reach the finals of an international competition

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EPFL spinoffs Lumendo and GliaPharm are among 80 deep-tech startups from around the world that have qualified for the finals of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge in Paris tomorrow. The finalists will pitch their company to a jury of technology specialists Read more…

Public Lecture by Pierre Magistretti

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As part of the University of Geneva’s public conference series, the Synapsy national center of competence in research (NCCR-Synapsy) invited Pierre Magistretti on January 31, 2019 to give a talk about his research. Professor Magistretti, cofounder of the NCCR-Synapsy, and honorary professor at UNIGE, UNIL Read more…

Pierre J. Magistretti : A life-long passion for neuroscience

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Professor Magistretti has devoted his career to studying the interactions between neurons and glial cells, psychiatry and developing neuroscience at home and abroad – and he looks set to continue to do so! A one-day symposium was held in honor Read more…

Pierre Magistretti wins 2016 IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity prize

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Professor Pierre Magistretti, from EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute, has been awarded the prestigious IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity prize for 2016. The 2016 Neuronal Plasticity prize is awarded jointly to Professor Pierre Magistretti, and another two world-renowned scientists, Professor David Altwell from Read more…

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 experimental data, the model is now being integrated into the Read more…

The role of lactate in boosting memory

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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 that neurons are the key to how the brain operates. Read more…