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The PhD Program team

The NeuroSchool PhD program was created through true teamwork. It continues to evolve every day under the impulse of the pedagogical team and the PhD students themselves.


Marseille is home to one of the largest French academic communities in neuroscience (452 permament members), covering a wide range of topics from basic to clinical research, and is the third largest university hospital in Europe. Cutting-edge approaches and techniques are commonly used to study fundamental questions about the functional and dynamic organization of the nervous system. We explore the brain at all scales, from the molecular to the cognitive level. One of the main objectives is to closely link basic and clinical neuroscience to explore, understand and treat neurological and psychiatric disorders.

The training of neuroscience graduates in Marseille is based on two well-established training programs: the Aix-Marseille master’s degree and PhD program in neuroscience. Both have updated their training offer and increased their international attractiveness thanks to the Brain Master Program and the PhD Program in neuroscience, two initiatives funded by the A*MIDEX University Foundation.

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The current team (2019)

Our team


Anna Montagnini (CNRS, INT/Timone)

Wafaa Zaaraoui (CNRS, CRMBM/Timone)

Common email address

Executive committee:

Alexandre Eusebio (AP-HM, INT/Timone) – coordinator of actions with clinical units

David Robbe (INMED/Luminy) –  in charge of Welcome Day, special events

Demian Battaglia (CNRS, INS/Timone) -MOOC, computational neuroscience

Fabrice Sarlegna (ISM/Luminy) – also in charge of coordination with the Doctoral School of Human Movement Sciences (ED-SMH) and referent for students’ welcoming procedures

Mira Didic (INS, AP-HM/Timone) – coordinator of actions with clinical units and students’ welfare referent

Nicolas Wanaverbecq (AMU, INT/Timone) – tutored seminars

Pascale Chavis (CNRS, INMED/Luminy) – in charge of PhD monitoring and international actions

Student representatives:

Our meetings are open to all.

You can contact PhD students such as Jeanne Caron-Guyon (LNSC/ Saint-Charles) or Lionel Küsch (INS/Timone) for more information.

Administration, finance and communication :

Laurie Arnaud (AMU/NeuroSchool) – administration

Ingrid Meucci (AMU/NeuroSchool) – communication manager

Links with NeuroSchool

Julie Peyronnet-Roux (AMU, INT/Timone) – Professional tracks

Julie König (AMU, INMED/Luminy) – mentoring and students’ wellbeing

Isabelle Virard (AMU/Saint-Charles et Timone) – NeuroSchool coordinator

Our Facebook group

Representatives of laboratories and doctoral schools:

Françoise Vitu (LPC/Saint-Charles)

Francois-Xavier Alario (LPC/Saint-Charles) – also in charge of coordination with the Doctoral School of Cognition, Language, Education

Laurence Casini (LNC/Saint-Charles)

Caroline Chambon (LNSC/Saint-Charles)

Nicolas Catz (LNSC/Saint-Charles)

Marie-Hélène Grosbras (LNC/Saint-Charles)

Fanny Mann (IBDM/Luminy) also in charge of coordination with the CenTuri Institute

Valery Matarazzo (INMED/Luminy) – also in charge of coordination with the CenTuri Institute

Christophe Porcher (INMED/Luminy) – also in charge of coordination with the Doctoral School of Health and Life Sciences (ED-SVS)

Jean-Michel Brézun (ISM/Luminy)

Antoine Morice (ISM/Luminy)

Daniele Schön (INS/Timone) – also in charge of coordination with the Language Convergence Institute

Jan-Patrick Stellmann (CRMBM/Timone)

François Devred (INP/Timone)

Gaelle Guiraudie-Capraz (INP/Timone)

Michael Russier (UNIS/Nord)

The extended ICN PhD Program Committee in 2016

History of the PhD Program

In 2010 a workgroup (F. Cayetanot, F. Chavane, F. Danion, G Masson, A. Montagnini, J. Peyronnet-Roux, S. Ravel, L. Vinay) organized the foundations of the doctoral program in neuroscience.

An initial version was launched at the end of 2011 and was mainly intended for students of the brand new Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (INT).

Under the impulse of Laurent Vinay, we expanded its scope and audience in 2012 with the help of F. Feron (INP).

In 2013, the Academy of Excellence of Aix Marseille University (A*Midex) recognized and funded our international PhD program: PhD program in Integrative and Clinical Neuroscience (ICN), coordinated by F Chavane, F. Feron and L Vinay.

Since the launch of NeuroSchool in 2018, the ICN PhD program has become known as the NeuroSchool PhD program. Currently, the executive committee of the PhD program is composed of professors and researchers from different neuroscience laboratories, including clinicians.

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