NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

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…


Stephan Eliez interviewed by RTS radio – CQFD show

Schizophrenia: everything is at stake in the adolescent brain   A developmental problem of the hippocampus during adolescence is at the root of a process that can lead to schizophrenia. This is the subject of Synapsy member Stephan Eliez and Read more…


Schizophrenia: adolescence is the game-changer

Researchers at UNIGE have discovered that the development of the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory and emotions, is severely impacted in adolescence following the onset of the first psychotic symptoms. Sub-field of the hippocampus in three Read more…


Affiliated member : Stefan Kaiser

Stefan Kaiser

“Psychiatry : incorporating the biological, social and psychological sciences” Stefan Kaiser became an affiliated member of Synapsy in March 2018, one year after taking up the position of head of the HUG’s Adult Psychiatry Division and following his appointment as a Read more…


Antioxidants to heal the brain in psychosis?

Boosting the brain

The Centre for Psychiatric Neuroscience and the CHUV-Department of General Psychiatry have just published the results of a study suggesting the protective effects of antioxidant treatment on the brains of young adults suffering from psychosis. For several years, the Centre Read more…


An innovating treatment of psychosis based on biomarkers

schizophrenia illustration

Two units of the Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the Harvard Medical School, have tried innovative treatment in patients who have recently developed psychosis. Their results were published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin. The Schizophrenia Research Unit of the Read more…


Resynchronizing neurons to erase schizophrenia

Carleton_re-synch

By increasing the excitability of a subpopulation of “defective” inhibitory neurons, researchers at the UNIGE restore the synchronization of neural networks in the hippocampus, and are thus able to suppress certain behavioural symptoms associated with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia, an often severe Read more…


Interview : Carol Tamminga

Carol Tamminga

Professor Carol Tamminga during the Synapsy conference Carol Tamminga is conducting translational research on psychosis at the University of Texas with the goal of understanding the mechanisms underlying schizophrenia (her lab >), especially psychosis and memory dysfunction. She explains her Read more…


SIRS Outstanding Basic Science Award 2017-2018 to Kim Do

Kim Do Receiving the SIRS award

Prof. Kim Do Cuénod, Head of the Psychiatric Neuroscience Center (CNP-CHUV), has been awarded with the SIRS Outstanding Basic Science Award 2017-2018 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to schizophrenia research. A pioneer in translational psychiatry research Kim Do Cuénod Read more…