The department is at the forefront of research on the brain and the pathologies that affect it, and is one of the leading European centers for research in neuroscience, from the molecular level to patient care.
Over the last 10 years, the University of Bordeaux’s neuroscience community has become one of the most productive and attractive in France and Europe. All neuroscience laboratories are grouped under a common entity: Bordeaux Neurocampus. Research conducted by some 50 teams comprising a total of around 650 scientists is advancing our knowledge of how the brain works, whether healthy or sick, and developing new approaches that are both therapeutic and preventive for the diseases that affect it.
The Bordeaux Neurocampus laboratories are experts in a wide range of skills and technologies ranging from molecular and cellular biology to biomedical imaging in humans.
Their fields of expertise are: cellular biology of nervous system cells and synapses, dynamics of neuronal circuits, neurodevelopment, psychiatric pathologies, motor and sensorial systems, addiction, cognition and memory, neurodegenerative diseases, physiology and movement disorders, neuroimaging, neurophotonics, neuroendocrinology, nutrition and sleep disorders.
Scientists in the community, involved in fundamental and clinical research, benefit from several state-of-the-art technical platforms, training programs and a wide range of conferences.
Management and leadership
- Director: Nathalie Sans
- Administrative/management assistant: Jennifer Annette
- Editorial webmaster/communication officer: Arnaud Rodriguez
- LabEx BRAIN manager: Claire Herzog
- LabEx BRAIN officer: Julia Goncalves
The Bordeaux Neurocampus department coordinates joint activities (internal communication, seminars, doctoral training, international meetings and outreach activities) and acts as a privileged intermediary between the units and the University of Bordeaux. Access to sophisticated facilities and equipment - some twenty platforms - coupled with the multidisciplinary nature of the research work are factors of excellence that encourage cross-disciplinary approaches.
Bordeaux Neurocampus was awarded a Laboratory of Excellence title in 2010, LabEx BRAIN, thus receiving a government grant of €20 million, which has enabled the community to acquire significant resources and achieve a high-level of excellence.
Bordeaux Neurocampus benefits from a Graduate research program and houses the Bordeaux School of Neuroscience, a training platform that is unique in Europe. This training laboratory focuses on teaching "research through research" and is open to the entire international community.
Finally, Bordeaux Neurocampus is anchored in the international community through collaborative research projects with countries around the world, conferences open to the local and global neuroscience community, the Graduate research program, the Neurasmus Master program and the many international doctoral and post-doctoral students present in the laboratories.
The department encompasses 9 strategic research fields:
- Cellular biology and development of the nervous system cells and synapses
- Dynamics of neuronal circuits
- Motor and sensorial systems
- Addiction and vulnerability, drug addiction
- Brain, cognition and behavior
- Psychiatric pathologies
- Neurological diseases
- Nutrition and health
- Neurotechnologies (development of new technologies for neuroscience)
- 6 research units, 51 research teams
- 650 researchers (of which 140 are doctoral students)
- 20 technological platforms (of which 3 are IBISA-certified)
Component structures of the department
This department is composed of 8 primary units.
- Institute for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (IINS) - CNRS UMR 5297
- Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases (IMN) - CNRS UMR 5293
- Aquitaine Institute for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience (INCIA) - CNRS UMR 5287
- Magendie Neurocenter - Inserm U1215
- Nutrition and Integrative Neurobiology (NutriNeuro) - INRAE UMR 1286 - Bordeaux INP)
- Sleep, Addiction and Neuropsychiatry (SANSPSY) - CNRS USR 3413
- Pathophysiology of Hearing (EA)
- Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC - CNRS UMS 3420 - INSERM US 004)
The council is composed of 28 members, including 14 lecturer-researchers and researchers, 7 support staff, 4 doctoral and post-doctoral students and 3 external members.
University of Bordeaux certified platforms
- Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC)
- Protein Biochemistry & Biophysics Platform (BioProt)
- Motricity Analysis Platform (PAM), INCIA
- Neuro-Psychopharmacological Research Platform, SANPSY
- Transcriptomics Platform, Magendie Neurocenter
Equipments of Excellence
- Phenovirt, SANPSY
- Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC)
- Bioinformatics - Magendie Neurocenter
- Cellular biology - IINS
- Analytical chemistry - Magendie Neurocenter
- Primate experimentation – IMN
- Anatomical and histological exploration - Magendie Neurocenter
- Cellular electrophysiology (Phycell) - INCIA
- Genotyping - Magendie Neurocenter
- Laser microdissection - Magendie Neurocenter
- In Vivo Pole (PIV) - IINS / IMN
- TEP – INCIA
- Vectorology - IMN
More than 250 doctoral students are registered at the Doctoral School for Life and Health Sciences. Around 120 of them carry out their research work in the Bordeaux Neurocampus laboratories. Bordeaux Neurocampus also welcomes students from other doctoral schools (public health, physics, etc.).
Department and unit supervision:
- Bordeaux University Hospital
Other supervisors of research units:
- Centre Charles Perrens
- French Neuroscience Society
- Maison du Cerveau
- Neuroscience in Bordeaux Association (NBA - student association)
- FRM Aquitaine
- FRC Neurodon
- FHU Talisment
Administrative and financial manager
Centre Broca Nouvelle-Aquitaine
146, rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux Cedex
05 33 51 47 92
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Neuroscience, synapse, cellular imaging, electrophysiology, optogenetics, neurotechnologies, behavior, addiction, neural networks, neurological diseases, sleep, motor systems, memory, stress, pain, hearing system, balance, psychiatric diseases, nutrition, Parkinson's, dementia, Alzheimer's, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, sleep.
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Consult the Bordeaux Neurocampus website.