The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

A Swiss network brings stress researchers together


In an effort to promote stress research in Switzerland, Professors Carmen Sandi (EPFL Brain Mind Institute) and Dominique de Quervain (University of Basel) have founded, a network of over 30 renowned scientists from Swiss universities working in different areas Read more…

How social rank can trigger vulnerability to stress

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EPFL scientists have identified rank in social hierarchies as a major determining factor for vulnerability to chronic stress. They also show that energy metabolism in the brain is a predictive biomarker for social status as well as stress vulnerability and Read more…

Hierarchy in animals: Anxiety can kill your social status

Anxiety cells

Mitochondria in the neurons of the nucleus accumbens. Neuroscientists at EPFL identify a brain region that links anxious temperament to low social status. The researchers were able to tweak social hierarchy in animals by using vitamin B3. There are important Read more…

Stress and the social brain : effects and mechanisms

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Prof. Carmen Sandi has published a review article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience on stress and the social brain. As noted in a review article by Carmen Sandi (> LGC lab), from the Brain Mind Institute at EPFL and József Haller, Read more…

How stress affect self-confidence during competition time

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How does stress affect our self-confidence when we compete? An EPFL study shows how stress could actually be both a consequence and a cause of social and economic inequality, affecting our ability to compete and make financial decisions. Stress is Read more…

A publication by Dominik Moser rewarded during the French Psychiatry Congress

Dominique Moser

During the French Psychiatry Congress; a prize goes to Dominik Moser, Ph. D student in Prof Daniel Schechter’s lab, for his work leading to an article published in Stress. On the 26th November, Dominik Moser flew to Nantes where he Read more…