Understanding the organisation and function of the brain in all aspects of its complexity.


Solving the greatest mystery of the human body: the brain

The great challenge of the neurosciences

NeuroSaclay is poised to emerge in the coming years as one of the best research neurosciences and imaging centres in the world. This ambition is based on the quality of the existing teams and the collaboration with other disciplines, in particular, physics, mathematics and chemistry. This multidisciplinary approach is indispensable for meeting one of the greatest challenges of contemporary neurosciences: developing a true analysis of the functions of the brain and their dynamic, from embryo to adult.

NeuroSaclay brings together about 50 teams and more than 400 people who primarily develop research, from the molecular and cell scale to systemic and cognitive approaches.

Research ranging from stem cells to temporal audio sequencing

The research will focus mainly on three projects: stem cells from the adult brain, sensory integration (the process of assimilating data sent by our environment and our body) and temporal audio sequences that make up language in humans and other animals.

NeuroSaclay also has a mission of connecting the academic and industrial worlds to enhance the work of the neuroscience teams in the area of brain diseases (Alzheimer’s, for example).

NeuroSaclay is a part of Université Paris-Saclay and constitutes an exceptional environment for meeting this challenge, with all of the neuroscience teams combined in two adjoining buildings, Neurospin and the future Neurosciences building on the campus of the CEA (Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives – French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission) opened at Saclay.

The NeuroSaclay advantages

Understanding the organisation and function of the brain in all aspects of its complexity remains one of the last frontiers of knowledge.

The Université Paris-Saclay is ready to take on the challenge, as a result of:

  • internationally recognised teams,
  • an indispensable multidisciplinary approach,
  • more and more productive international cooperation.



Neurosciences refer to the scientific study of the nervous system, from the point of view both of its structure and its function, from the molecular scale to the organs, like the brain, or even the entire organism. Neuroscience is a major societal and scientific challenge, chiefly because of the enormous human and financial cost of diseases of the nervous system (the most costly of all diseases, 797 billion euros in Europe in 2010).

Neurodegenerative diseases gradually affect brain function or, more generally, the nervous system, as they progress. These diseases usually cause deterioration of the function of nerve cells, especially neurons, and can lead to cell death. The consequence for the patient is a gradual and often irreversible change in nerve functions, which can lead to death.