NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

A treatment of psychosis based on biomarkers

Conus/Do

The Centre of Psychiatric Neurosciences (CNP) schizophrenia research Unit (Prof. Kim Do Cuénod) and the CHUV General Psychiatry Department (Prof. Philippe Conus), in partnership with the Harvard Medical School of Boston (Prof. Larry Seidman), have conducted a clinical trial with Read more…


Body ownership is not impaired in schizophrenia

Body Ownership

Schizophrenia patients often experience an altered sense of self, for example, as if someone else is controlling their actions. This impairment is described as a deficit in the “sense of agency”, and while it has been well established and linked Read more…


Deciphering the emergence of neuronal diversity

Inhibitory interneurons labelled with a fluorescent molecule (in green) are distributed in the cerebral cortex. These cells were individually isolated and single cell transcriptomics revealed markers (in white) specifically expressed in distinct sub-groups of interneurons. The development of cerebral cortex Read more…


A UNIL faculty prize to Luis Alameda

Luis Alameda Unil prize 2106

Luis Alameda, CHUV psychiatrist, receives the UNIL Faculty of Biology and Medicine’s Award for his work on schizophrenia performed in collaboration with Kim Do. Luis Alameda’s publication: “Childhood sexual and physical abuse: age at exposure modulates impact on functional outcome Read more…


Swiss Media Award 2016 to documentary on schizophrenia

Kim Do video link

Media Award 2016 from the Swiss Academies of Art and Sciences to Lison Méric’s documentary on schizophrenia “J’entends des voix (I hear voices)” broadcasted on RTS1 – 36.9°, 16 December 2015, with the participation of Philippe Conus and Kim Do. Read more…


Regulating the brain’s redox state to prevent schizophrenia

brain redox

Kim Q. Do’s group show that cell-specific regulation of redox state balances critical periods of brain plasticity; essential as disruption of natural critical periods in brain development may be at the root of schizophrenia. Prof. Kim Q. Do’s team from Read more…


Profs. Bellone and Gräff are part of the first FENS-Kavli Scholars (2014-2018)

fens-kavli

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…


Towards a new diagnostic tool for autism and schizophrenia

Autism

Professor Draganski’s team analysed brains from people at risk of developing autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. This led to the discovery of a potential biomarker for preclinical use. Autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and obesity all have in common a ‘bad’ Read more…


Schizophrenic brains take indirect paths

schizophrenia in the brain

Regions with altered (yellow) brain connectivity in schizophrenia patients. Analysis of the structural connectivity in the brains of 16 schizophrenia patients reveals several zones affected by the disease and their reduced network connectivity. The brain of a schizophrenia patient shows Read more…