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How social rank can trigger vulnerability to stress

How social rank can trigger vulnerability to stress

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...
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The brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures

The brain is full of multi-dimensional geometrical structures

A team of researchers from the Swiss Blue Brain Project — a group focusing on supercomputer-powered reconstruction of the human brain — have used a classic branch of maths in a completely...
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Outstanding Mentoring Award to Stephanie Clarke

Outstanding Mentoring Award to Stephanie Clarke

In recognition of her exceptional contribution to the training of young talents and for commitment to the new generation of academics, Prof. Stephanie Clarke has been awarded the Outstanding Mentoring...
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Scientists discover hidden patterns of brain activity

Scientists discover hidden patterns of brain activity

In a collaboration led by EPFL’s Blue Brain, scientists discover patterns of brain activity – never before observed – with the help of mathematics, providing insight into how neurons collectively...
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A new tool for discovering nanoporous materials

A new tool for discovering nanoporous materials

EPFL scientists have developed a mathematical “face-recognition” method for identifying and discovering nanoporous materials based on their pore size. Materials classified as “nanoporous” have structures (or “frameworks”) with pores up to 100...
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Is everything decided in childhood?

Is everything decided in childhood?

Meeting with Claudia Bagni, Head of the UNIL Department of Fundamental Neuroscience, whose inaugural lecture will take place during the Brain Awareness Week 2017 (program pdf). Without knowing why, it...
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Fellows of the American Mathematical Society 2017

Fellows of the American Mathematical Society 2017

Kathryn Hess Bellwald -professor at the BMI at EPFL- is among the 65 mathematical scientist from around the world who have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS)...
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Early Diagnosis of ASD : what the studies on social orientation and on joint attention may bring to the issue

Early Diagnosis of ASD : what the studies on social orientation and on joint attention may bring to the issue

The diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is based on behavioral observations. It is hard to make such a diagnosis for sure before the age of 3. However, the first...
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Swiss Media Award 2016 to documentary on schizophrenia

Swiss Media Award 2016 to documentary on schizophrenia

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...
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Prof. Carmen Sandi nominated President-elect of the FENS

Prof. Carmen Sandi nominated President-elect of the FENS

  On July 2, 2016, Prof. Carmen Sandi, Director of the Brain Mind Institute at the School of Life Sciences, EPFL, was elected President-elect (term as President starting in 2018)...
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Claudia Bagni, new UNIL-DNF Director

Claudia Bagni, new UNIL-DNF Director

Claudia Bagni has been nominated full Professor at the University of Lausanne on the first of July. She is officially Head of the Department of Fundamental Neurosciences (DNF >). UNIL News...
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SHANK3 controls maturation of social reward circuits in the VTA

SHANK3 controls maturation of social reward circuits in the VTA

The autism spectrum disorders are a heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental disorders whose main characteristic alterations in social communication, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. If the assumptions to identify alterations in...
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2016 Ernest Solvay prize for Prof. Claudia Bagni

2016 Ernest Solvay prize for Prof. Claudia Bagni

Prof. Claudia Bagni has been awarded the Ernest Solvay prize for 2016 by Queen Elizabeth Medical Foundation, for the project “CYFIP1-pathies: shared pathways in intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disorders”. Q.E.M.F...
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Pfizer Award 2016 to Meaghan Creed & Vincent Pascoli

Pfizer Award 2016 to Meaghan Creed & Vincent Pascoli

Pfizer Award System : Neuroscience and nervous system illnesses. To treat addiction by electric shocks Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes into the brains of patients and outputting electric shocks...
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Hierarchy in animals: Anxiety can kill your social status

Hierarchy in animals: Anxiety can kill your social status

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...
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Professor Carmen Sandi has been awarded the Valkhof Chair 2015

Professor Carmen Sandi has been awarded the Valkhof Chair 2015

Prof. Carmen Sandi has been awarded the Valkhof Chair 2015. On June 22nd, she had the opportunity to give this year's Valkhof Lecture, entitled: "The stressed social brain: from rodents...
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Two young researchers awarded at the 2nd DNF Symposium

Two young researchers awarded at the 2nd DNF Symposium

P. Bezzi, C. Bellone, F. Petrelli, S. Habbas During the 2nd DNF Symposium held at the DNF/CHUV, two young scientists working within the NCCR Synapsy received the 1st and 2nd...
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Regulating the brain’s redox state to prevent schizophrenia

Regulating the brain’s redox state to prevent schizophrenia

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...
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Stress and the social brain : effects and mechanisms

Stress and the social brain : effects and mechanisms

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),...
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How stress affect self-confidence during competition time

How stress affect self-confidence during competition time

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...
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