NCCR-Synapsy

The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases

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…


Grant from the National MD-PhD program for Dr. Michel Godel

The MD-PhD national program grants allow eleven young doctors engaged in research to complete a doctorate in natural sciences, public health, clinical research or biomedical ethics at a Swiss university. Applications for an MD-PhD grant were evaluated in two stages: Read more…


High-risk youth symposium at the 18th ESCAP congress in Vienna

The symposium “Neural correlates of cognitive control impairment in high-risk youth” organized by Synapsy member Dr. Camille Piguet, from UNIGE, together with prof. Ayse Belger, Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Read more…


22q11 symposium at the 18th ESCAP congress in Vienna

Members of the group of Prof. Stephan Eliez, from the University of Geneva successfully finished the first Synapsy symposium at this year’s ESCAP congress in Vienna on Sunday June 30th. Topics covered neurodevelopmental and cognitive endophenotypes of psychosis vulnerability in 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…


Workshop “Gender Equity in Science”

Friday, 5 July 2019 9am – 4pm, Sciences III, Geneva. The NCCR Chemical Biology organizes the 1st edition of the workshop “Gender Equity in Science” to: ·       help future lab leaders develop gender & diversity competencies necessary for leadership ·       raise awareness about gender Read more…


Some genes evolved from an immune function to an olfactory role

Olfactory diagram

Researchers demonstrate how some genes evolved from an immune function to an olfactory role in some mammals. Mammals possess several lines of defense against microbes. One of them is activated when receptors called Fprs, which are present on immune cells, Read more…


Winners of the Pfizer Prize for Research 2017

Pfizer prize 2017

Alan Carleton, Nixon Abraham, Olivier Gschwend Pfizer Award 2017 – 25 young Swiss researchers were awarded for their outstanding scientific work, including three teams from the HUG and UNIGE. These are two joint HUG/UNIGE teams in clinical research and a Read more…