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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 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) – coordination of actions with clinical units

Adil Maarouf (AP-HM, CRMBM/Timone) – coordination of actions with clinical units

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 – in sabbatical leave in 2022-23

Frédéric Chavane (INT/Timone) – referent for the NeuroDays

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

Pascale Chavis (CNRS, INMED/Luminy) – in charge of the End-of-PhD call and international actions

Student representatives:

Our meetings are open to all.

You can contact PhD students’ representatitves for more information:

Administration, finance and communication :

Catherine Trillaud (AMU/NeuroSchool) – administration

Jade Dastugue (AMU/NeuroSchool) – communication manager

Links with NeuroSchool and NeuroMarseille

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

Isabelle Virard (AMU/Timone) – NeuroSchool coordinator

Gabrielle Gallon (AMU/Timone) – NeuroMarseille Institute coordinator

Our NeuroCommunity group on LinkedIn

Representatives of laboratories and doctoral schools:








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.

Frédéric Chavane and Anne Kavounoudias were head of the NeuroSchool PhD Program until 2020, a responsibility now shared by Anna Montagnini and Wafaa Zaaraoui.

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