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New treatments for depression, cell therapy (without cells!) and brain plasticity are the subjects that our DESU communication students have tackled! Through 3 videos, discover their work, realized in the framework of the course “Communicate in images”.
This year, 14 students (master of neuroscience or from the NeuroSchool PhD program) have benefited from NeuroSchool’s funding to follow complementary training in scientific communication. In partnership with the School of Journalism and Communication of Aix Marseille (EJCAM), NeuroSchool has developed a complete training course offering the following teaching units
- Communication strategies for organizations
- Writing workshop and scientific popularization
- Editorial design
- Communicating through images: production and editing of videos for the web
- Communication and scientific controversies
A new approach to antidepressant treatments
Today, we are all looking for a full and joyful life… But sometimes the landscape gets dark. Depression affects 300 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. And yet, for 40% of patients, treatment does not work… It is more than urgent to find the right treatment for each individual. The team “CanoP: Cognitive affective neurodevelopment ontogenesis Psychiatric”, of Timone Neurosciences Institute, directed by Dr Raoul Belzeaux, seeks to define a biological marker of depression to be able to determine, by a simple blood test, the response (or not) of a patient to its treatment.
When the brain adapts: plasticity
Our environment evolves quickly, very quickly! We adapt every day; it’s plasticity. But what is true for an entire individual, is also true for these cells! Especially for the most sophisticated of them; our neurons. But what is neuronal plasticity? How do our neurons change their activities? To find out more, we went to the team “Plasticity of neuronal excitability and epilepsy” of the Neurobiology of Ion Channels and Synapsis Unit, directed by Dominique Debanne.
Cellular therapy without cells
In case of nerve damage, surgeons do everything possible to repair the nerve. Sometimes, a transplant is necessary… but it is not without difficulty of functional recovery! It is then a real race against the clock that begins between the regrowth of the nerve and the fibrosis of the muscle! To fight against the phenomenon of rejection, the researchers of the team “Nasal Olfactory Stemness and Epigenesis” (NOSE), of the Institute of Neurophysiopathology, directed by Professor François Feron, put all their efforts in the development of a cell-free gene therapy! Discover how small vesicles represent a great therapeutic hope.