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Academic research in Marseille
In order to promote access to research, NeuroMarseille and NeuroSchool work in close collaboration with 71 teams, on 3 campuses, representing Marseille’s academic research in neuroscience.
The strength of Marseille research in neuroscience arises from three main features:
- First, an exceptionally broad range of multi-scale approaches, extending from molecular and cellular levels to systems and computational modeling to behavioural science and cognitive psychology, on a large span of experimental models, from rodents to humans;
- Second, tight links with clinical units and translational research;
- Third, a stimulationg interdisciplinary environment fostering interactions between different fields of research, represented by prestigious research institutes of physics, computer science and mathematics, as well as major institutes in other fields of biology such as immunology and developmental biology.
Marseille is a major centre of European neuroscience thanks to its 10 research laboratories and 71 research teams.
NeuroMarseille is a thematic institute which brings together 71 research teams from 10 laboratories, under the supervision of AMU and CNRS or Inserm.
Over 950 people work there: researchers, technicians, engineers, teacher-researchers, AMU staff, PhD students etc.
The four research themes of NeuroMarseille are the following:
- How does the brain develop to achieve the highest cognitive functions?
- What are the multi-scale dynamics of neural networks in the healthy and diseased brain?
- How to study the evolution of behaviours and their neural basis?
- How can we fight against maladaptive mechanisms involved in responses to ageing, neurodegenerative diseases and nervous system injuries?
Clinical research in Marseille
With the third largest university hospital in Europe (Timone University Hospital), Marseille stands out as a city where there is a strong link between training, fundamental research and translational research.
Almost all neuroscience laboratories have institutional partnerships with neurology departments, soon to be federated on a single location (the Timone campus).
The federation of fundamental and clinical neuroscience research units already succeeded in creating two University Hospital Federations (FHUs), in the fields of epilepsy (EpiNext) and neurodegenerative diseases (DHUNE), which aim at advancing groundbreaking research into clinical practice. In addition, outstanding results emerging from neuroscience laboratories have yielded over 80 patents for the development of biomarkers, new diagnostic/therapeutic/drug delivery tools and rehabilitation strategies including human-machine interface to cure neuropsychiatric disorders.
Clinical research during a PhD
The NeuroSchool PhD program introduces PhD students to careers in clinical research.