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Marseille neuroscience

Who are we?

Discover the neurosciences based in Marseille.

Created on January 1st, 2012, Aix-Marseille University (AMU) is an intensive research university, which has forged partnerships all over the world, which has affirmed its territorial anchorage and integration and which is among the very first French universities in the Shanghai ranking.

Aware of the major societal role it plays in its territory, Aix-Marseille University is constantly striving to modernize its practices, at the service of all. In 2019, it has made a commitment to interdisciplinarity and innovation by creating specific institutes. These institutes are the result of a transversal approach based on the research units and faculties of the university.


Discover the AMU institutes


Among them is NeuroMarseille, the institute of Aix-Marseille University dedicated to neuroscience.

Why was NeuroMarseille created? How does the Institute connect teaching and research? To find out more, read the official press release (in French).


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NeuroMarseille - Federating neuroscience research and training to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
    Pascale Durbec NeuroMarseille Director

    At the crossroads of research and training, the Aix-Marseille Université Institutes are new objects, embodying innovation and interdisciplinarity within the university. NeuroMarseille unites Marseille's 9 research laboratories, the NeuroSchool Graduate School (Ecole Universitaire de Recherche), the University Hospital (AP-HM) and biotechnology companies. The institute thus aims to promote interlaboratory and international collaborations, collaborations with the industrial world and the integration of students in professional life. NeuroMarseille also has the ambition to reach citizens to highlight all levels of research that allow to invent the future.


    In 2019, AMU’s neuroscience community was selected by the Board of Directors, and its newly created institute – NeuroMarseille – was given an annual budget of 250,000 euros to promote its cutting-edge research.

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      François Féron Deputy director of Research

      Thanks to its 10 research units gathering 75 teams of researchers, lecturers, engineers, technicians and students, NeuroMarseille presents a unique expertise in France, covering the whole range of phylogenesis (from C-elegans to human) and levels of analysis (from molecular and cellular approaches to cognitive psychology and behavioural sciences). The 36 technical platforms, spread across the campuses and open to all, make available cutting-edge tools that are constantly being improved. It is by breaking down traditional boundaries that we will be able to meet tomorrow's social challenges.


      A vanguard and tailored education in neuroscience

      In 2018, the community won a national competition and was awarded a 10 million euro decennial grant (nEURo*AMU) for creating and running NeuroSchool, a graduate school in neuroscience.

      It offers an innovative range of training courses, from the third year of a bachelor’s degree to the doctorate.

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        Anne Kavounoudias NeuroSchool director

        Our main aim is to deliver a vanguard and tailored education. Vanguard, because, in collaboration with our partners,we offer courses on frontline topics and innovative ways of training. And tailored, because we adjust our teaching to the desire and job project of every student. More generally, we strongly believe that, in a very rapidly changing world, the students must learn how to display mental flexibility.

        The partners

        NeuroMarseille and NeuroSchool have several partners on a financial, academic and international level.

        Our financial partners

        Aix-Marseille University’s Foundation A*Midex, which supports the IDEX (“Initiatives d’Excellence”), contributes to the development of a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary centre of world-class higher education and research.

        The thematic institute NeuroMarseille is financed by Amidex to the amount of 250.000 euros per year. 

        The nEURo*AMU/NeuroSchool Graduate School is financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR, ANR-17-EURE-0029) to the amount of 6,566,000 euros, and by the A*Midex University Foundation to the amount of 3,510,000 euros, over for 10 years (2 July 2018- 30 June 2028).

        The NeuroSchool consortium

        There is a NeuroSchool consortium comprising institutional, industrial and academic partners. Its composition is as follows:


        The institutional partners


        Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Marseille

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        Le Centre National de Recherche Scientifique

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        L'Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale

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        Partner companies

        Three companies are part of the NeuroSchool consortium: Vect-Horus, NeuroServices Alliance and OZ Biosciences. 

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        Academic partners


        The École des Mines de Saint-Etienne is part of the consortium.

        Our undergraduate and graduate students currently have the opportunity to work in partnership with engineering students to carry out neuroengineering projects

        Discover our pedagogical innovations

        NeuroSchool has also set up academic partnerships outside the consortium, with local institutions, in order to offer new opportunities to its students. Collaborations have been set up with:

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        International partners

        It has become vital for future researchers to be exposed to a variety of environments. We therefore wish to send our students and teachers to partner universities abroad and welcome theirs in return.

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