RESEARCH FOCUS

The decision to establish a research center at the Sainte Anne hospital was inspired by the strategic vision for integrating basic and clinical research in psychiatry and in neuroscience.

The Center bridges the gap between basic and clinical research in a setting which has historical roots in understanding psychiatric and neurological problems via researching the central nervous system.

The operating result of this strategy is a broad frame of activities performed by the Center’s teams and advanced technical platforms.


 



The Center’s different teams, which are composed of scientists and clinicians, have the opportunity to develop their own research themes and take advantage of the opportunities for scientific and methodological interactions. 
These efforts intend to preserve the public health objectives in human therapeutic framework of translational research defined by the Center’s steering committee:

►  To identify molecular markers for cognitive psychiatric diseases (schizophrenia, mood disorders...) so that such therapeutic targets can be applied to the identification and validation of therapeutic agents.
►   The ultimate goal is to obtain scientific evidence that allows for the development of molecules that qualify for clinical and industrial trials.
►    To understand the pathophysiology of neuronal and glial differentiation as a fundamental aspect of the central nervous system.
 




This organization relies on governance to assure coherence between the Center’s goals with the goals of the independent research teams. This governance includes the coordination of the Center’s platforms:

Technology platforms:

►    Animal housing facility
►    Animal behavior platform (PEFpA)
►    Proteomics lab (LP) (a satellite of Proteomics platform at the University Paris Descartes)
►    Optical platform: confocal, fluorescence microscopes, LC MS / MS, RTqPCR, ChemiDoc XRS ...

Administrative platform: administrative and financial management of the building (PAR).

The CPN maintains numerous collaborations with North American and European partners. These efforts ensure that the Center conforms to the priorities of scientific research in the European Community and that the CPN remains competitive with American laboratories.

In addition, we maintain important collaborations in South America and Asia, especially with laboratories in Brazil, Japan, and Singapore.


Our scientific collaborations
 

Number of scientific collaborations by country
     
Europe
- France : 84
- Germany : 8
- United Kingdom : 6
- Spain : 5
- Italy : 4
- Switzerland : 4
North America
- United states : 15
- Canada : 6

South America
- Brazil : 1
- Chile : 1
Asia
- Japan : 1
- Singapore : 1

Océanie
- Australia : 2
     
Africa
- Maghreb : 3


THIS ORGANIZATION AND RULES OF GOVERNANCE

►   Promote the coordinated development of the research teams by improving their interaction with scientific partners, universities and hospitals.

►    Facilitate the development of these research programs along with a human resource policy adapted to its developments.

►    Coordinate scientific events, including internal and external communication.

►    Organize the training of young researchers, particularly at the level of the Master's degree and doctoral schools.

Together the Center’s resources provide an innovative setting that facilitates the discovery of scientific and medical breakthroughs in fields of psychiatry, neurology, and neuroscience.




 

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NEUROPOLE

The Neuropole of research of Ile-de-France area (NeRF) includes whole the institutions and establishments involved in neuroscience research in Ile de France.

Created at the instigation of the Ile de France Region and led by Inserm, it took the form of SIG (Scientific Interest Group) in 2007. The NeRF aims to coordinate actions and research in the field of neuroscience, in close interaction with the ENP which provides it with administrative support. The ISG is headed by an executive board chaired by Philippe Vernier. The NeRF currently has at its disposal the resources it is allocated by the Region Ile de France.

His actions take the form of investment support (equipment and property), of  doctoral and post-doctoral allowances  and of support to the organization of symposia. Researches in neuroscience are carried out in several universities, institutes, hospitals and research centers, in laboratories that are usually dependent upon one or several national institutions, INSERM, CNRS and CEA.

Although these structures are involved in multiple levels, until the establishment of Neuropole, there was not  a real structuring of the field at the regional level.

A better understanding of forces and existing projects by all partners, and a real  consultation must allow: - the common definition of priorities and targets - the coordination of projects and funding applications - the implementation of joint actions - the development of technical platforms of common interest.
 

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