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Research challenge

Brain development and cognitive functions

How does the brain develop to achieve the highest cognitive functions?

Neurodevelopment research at NeuroMarseille

Analysing the dynamics of normal or pathological development is one of the keys to understanding brain function. NeuroMarseille brings together 30 research teams who study the fundamental mechanisms of neurodevelopment, from stem cell biology to the neurophysiology of developing systems, up to cognitive functions such as language. Their area of expertise also includes cognitive development and maturation of large-scale neural networks.

To link it to research, NeuroSchool’s training courses include many course units related to this theme. Below you will find the list of the teams working on this theme as well as the related course units.

The research teams

The teams are analysing, in different models, the signals that determine cell fate, plasticity, network shaping and brain wiring, from birth to adulthood. Nerve cells, organs and animals are observed at different levels using multidisciplinary approaches. Combining the molecular and cellular study of early developmental programmes, the patho-physiology of neuronal circuits and the development of cognitive functions, at the same location and with such a large number of researchers, is a NeuroMarseille special feature that is unique at an international level.

Teams working on neuro-development

List of the teamsTeam leaders
Neurodevelopment of motor and social cognitionChristine AssaianteLNCSaint-Charles
Polarization and binary cell fate decisions in the nervous systemVincent BertrandIBDMLuminy
Development and cognitive agingAgnès BLAYELPCSaint-Charles
Plasticity and Physio-pathology of rhythmics Motor networks (P3M)Frédéric BrocardINTLa Timone
Attention, cerebral dynamics and chronometryBoris Burle LNCSaint-Charles
LanguagePascale COLELPCSaint-Charles
Developmental imprint on the functional organisation of cortical networksRosa CossartINMED Luminy
Methods and Computational AnatomyOlivier CoulonINTLa Timone
Molecular control of neurogenesisHarold CremerIBDMLuminy
Neural basis of somatosensory functionsPatrick DelmasLNCSaint-Charles
Social Cognition across Lifespan and PathologiesChristine DeruelleINT
La Timone
Stem cells and brain repairPascale DurbecIBDMLuminy
Comparative cognitionJoël FagotLPCSaint-Charles
Molecular control of mesenchymal cell differentiationLaurent FasanoIBDMLuminy
NOSE. Nasal Olfactory Stemness and EpigenesisFrançois FéronINPLa Timone
List of the teamsTeam leaders
Genes, Rhythm and NeurophysiopathologyAnne-Marie François-Bellan INPLa Timone
Robustness of excitabilityJean-Marc GoaillardUNISNord
Development and pathologies of neuromuscular circuitsFrançoise HelmbacherIBDMLuminy
Early activity in the developing brainRoustem KhazipovINMED Luminy
NeuroCyto: the neuronal cytoskeleton in health and diseaseChristophe LeterrierINPLa Timone
Music, language and writingMarieke Longcamp LNCSaint-Charles
Signaling networks for stemness and tumorigenesisFlavio MainaIBDMLuminy
Axon plasticity in development and cancerFanny MannIBDMLuminy
Adolescence and developmental vulnerability to neuropsychiatric diseasesOlivier Manzoni, Pascale ChavisINMED Luminy
Neural stem cell plasticityCédric MaurangeIBDMLuminy
Functional specialisation of distinct sub-populations of nociceptive neuronsAziz MoqrichIBDMLuminy
Perinatal Imprintings and Neurodevelopmental DisordersFrançoise Muscatelli-BossyINMED Luminy
NICE2: Neonatal, Infantile and Childhood Epilepsies and EncephalopathiesPierre SzepetowskiINMED Luminy
Typical and atypical developmentCarole TardifCentre PsyCléAix-en-Provence
Human neurogeneticsLaurent VillardMMGLa Timone

A network of excellence

This is complemented by interdisciplinary interaction with physicists and mathematicians on issues of self-organisation and growth within the framework of the CenTuri Institute. NeuroMarseille, by strengthening the bridges between different approaches, from genes to behaviours, will enable a better understanding of the physiopathological mechanisms which, during brain development, can lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders, and thus provide new biomarkers or innovative therapies. To this end, NeuroMarseille will build a network of excellence in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, MCD, encephalopathy, epilepsy) in association with the neurology, paediatrics and psychiatry departments of the University Hospital.


Education through research

In addition to traditional training related to the theme of research on neuro-development, the teaching team has implemented numerous pedagogical innovations that link research and training.

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Courses related to neuro-development (all levels and specialities)

Course unitLevel
3rd year of Bachelor
Behavioural genetics and epigenetics3rd year of Bachelor
3rd year of Bachelor
Environment, lifestyle and nervous system3rd year of Bachelor
Growing old and aging well3rd year of Bachelor
Cellular and molecular neurobiologyMaster
Development and plasticity of the nervous systemMaster
Functional neuroanatomyMaster
Learning and memoryMaster
Mental functionsMaster
Problem-based learning modules: autism, epilepsy, neurodevelopmentMaster
Advanced neuroanatomyPhD
Clinical day 2021: neurodevelopment, autismPhD
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