The Multidimensional Brain

Leaders : Jean-Marc Edeline, Valérie Doyère

Understanding the neuronal basis of cognitive functions as perception, communication, decision-making, learning and memory, but also identifying mechanisms involved in pathologies or in alterations of these functions, are the main objectives of our work in the Department.

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Breaking news

How Mexican cavefish evolved in extreme environments

New insight into the development and function of Mexican cavefish brains reveals how the animals adapted their behaviour to cope with extreme environments.
In a study published in eLife, researchers from the Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience, demonstrate how the developmental evolution of the brain in cave-dwelling Astyanax mexicanus (A. mexicanus) underlies the evolution of its survival behaviours. A second study from the US, published at the same time in eLife, suggests higher levels of hypocretin (HCRT) in the cavefish brain – a chemical compound associated with human narcolepsy – accounts for the loss of sleep in these animals.


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Scientific conferences

Neuro-PSI Conference on March 29th

On Thursday, March 29th at 11:00, Paul Taghert from the Dpt of Neuroscience, Washington University, School of Medicine St. Louis, MO, USA will give a talk on this following topic
« Daily rhythms of neuronal activity in the Drosophila brain. »

Invited by François Rouyer

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Neuro-PSI Conference on May 4th

On Friday, May 4th at 11:00, Benjamin Prud’homme from the Institut de Biologie du Développement (IBDM), Université Aix-Marseille / CNRS, France, wiil give a talk on this following topic « Evolution of egg laying behavior in Drosophila. »

Invited by François Rouyer
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Neuro-PSI Conference on March 30th

On Friday, March 30th, at 11:00, Jean-Pierre Levraud from the Institut Pasteur, Paris / CNRS UMR3738, Département Biologie du Développement et Cellules SouchesK, will give a talk on this following topic
« Imaging host-pathogen interaction in zebrafish - all roads lead to neuroinflammation »

Invited by Jean-Stéphane Joly

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Scientific Themes

S. Creuzet Development-Evolution dept.

J. Wu / G. Fortin Molecules-Circuits dept.

F. Rouyer Molecules-Circuits dept.

JM Édeline Cognition-Behavior dept.

P. Affaticati / A. Jenett Development-Evolution dept.

D. Shulz UNIC

A. Veyrac / S. Laroche Cognition-Behavior dept.

C. Huetz / JM Édeline Cognition-Behavior dept.

D. Vasiliauskas Molecules-Circuits dept.

M. Perron Development-Evolution dept.

J. Fournier / Y. Frégnac UNIC

S. Rétaux Development-Evolution dept.




Cog-Behav Teams

Sensory Neuro-Ethology

Nicolas Mathevon

Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Plasticity and Memory

Serge Laroche, Cyrille Vaillend

Neurobiology of Decision-making

Sylvie Granon

Neural Code and Auditory Perception

Jean-Marc Édeline, Catherine Del Negro

Cognition & Emotion

Valérie Doyère, Nicole El Massioui

Acoustic Communications

Thierry Aubin, Isabelle Charrier

Available jobs

15 PhDs in Insect Chronobiology

H2020 funding for 36 months from september 2018

POSTDOCTORAL position in Integrative Neuroscience

FRM Team : neural proceesing, neuromodulation and sensory plasticity

Thesis Projects in 2017

BioSigne and SDSV Thesis Projects


11th FENS Forum

Forum of Neuroscience, 7-11 July 2018 in Berlin

NeuroFrance 2019

Proposals for the next meeting in Marseille, 2019 May 22-24.

Advances in Neurodevelopmental & Neurodegenerative Disease

3rd Thematic meeting, Strasbourg June 7-8

The Bioacoustic Winter School

Registrations in March 2018 for the 2019 session (January 7-18)

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