(Website in English : http://neuro-psi.cnrs.fr/?lang=en)

The Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience is a new interdisciplinary scientific institute dedicated to multiscale studies of the central nervous system. Since the 1st of January 2015, it gathers the prominent neuroscience teams in the Ile-de-France South area and is jointly supported by Paris-Sud University (U-PSud) and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

In 2018, Neuro-PSI will be housed in a new building which is under construction in close vicinity of the High Field Brain Imaging Center (NeuroSpin) on the campus of the Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) located on the Saclay Plateau (30 kms south of Paris). The Neuro-PSI building will host more than 400 researchers, support and ancillary staff in 30 research groups regrouped in four scientific departments with advanced technological platforms and core facilities.

Together with NeuroSpin, it will form a unique scientific consortium (the NeuroSaclay Center) comprising more than 500 employees to study brain function and development, from molecule to mind, and promoting experimental and theoretical neuroscience at the highest international standards within the new Paris-Saclay University.

Our project

  • To study fundamental and interdisciplinary aspects of the development and functions of the nervous system, based on experimental and theoretical approaches at multiple scales of analysis, from molecules to cognition and from embryo to adult.

Our objectives

  • To study the structural and functional organization of the nervous system, from small networks to the whole brain.
  • To create a unique an environment for multiscale and interdisciplinary approaches of the nervous system.
  • To stimulate the emergence of innovative concepts and methodologies.
  • To train the next generation of neuroscientists in the new Université Paris-Saclay.

Our strengths

  • Analyze at multiple scales and dimensions, from embryo to adult in an evolutionary perspective, from molecular and cellular networks to behavior and cognition.
  • Multi-modal methods : functional imaging and electrophysiology, molecular and cellular approaches, transgenesis and live imaging, behavioral analyses, cognitive studies and brain imaging, hybrid networks and brain-machine interfaces, theoretical approaches, modeling and large-scale simulations, numerous animal models…
  • Multiple platforms and technical facilities : functional imaging, behavioral analysis, dynamic and 3D microscopy, neuroinformatics and complex systems analysis, animal facilities as well as the TEFOR national infrastructure for generation and phenotyping of animal models and the AMAGEN platform dedicated to fish trangenesis.
  • International computational and neuroinformatics facilities: French node of the INCF and European Institute of Theoretical Neuroscience (EITN).
  • A stimulating environment enhanced by a closed proximity with other scientific departments (physics/mathematics, medicine, pharmacy and chemistry, cellular integrative biology, evolutionary biology…) and Grandes Ecoles (Centrale-Supelec, Polytechnique, ENS Cachan…) on the Paris-Saclay campus.
  • Active participation in Regional Networks of excellence (IDEX Paris-Saclay, ENP). Fundings by national (ANR), European (FP7 and H2020) and international collaborations or integrated projects such as: Human Brain Project, Magnetrode, ZF-Health, FACETS, InsectTime, BrainScales, Treatpolyq, etc.




M. Vernier Philippe