NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

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…


Joint NCCR Synapsy – IRCN “22q” Workshop, Jul y 6-7, 2019, Tokyo, Japan

This past weekend, a joint NCCR Synapsy-IRCN workshop took place University of Tokyo. Several Synapsy PIs from UNIGE attended and presented their research (Profs. Alexandre Dayer, Stephan Eliez, Marie Schaer, Camila Bellone, Alan Carleton). Copy number variations in chromosome 22q Read more…


Brain Awareness Week 2019 : Synapsy members in the spotlight

SdC_2019

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…


The WP#3 is setting the tone

Technology transfers

A new Synapsy era has emerged with the entering in Phase-3. Its success will depend, among other things, on Synapsy’s ability to transfer technologies. It didn’t take long to hear about a great example of technology transfer! Last October, the 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…


‘Social brain’ networks are altered at a young age in autism

autism attention span

Each dot represents the gaze position for an individual child watching the movie. The blue dots on the left represent the typically developing toddlers. The red dots represent toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The face wasn’t blurred during the Read more…


Highlight psychiatry clinical cohort : Perceiving schizophrenia

percieving shcizophrenia diagram

One in every 100 children develops schizophrenia in adulthood. But how can we know which children? Brain-imaging studies performed on the 22q11ds at-risk population provide some preliminary answers. In Switzerland, as elsewhere, one per cent of the general population develops Read more…