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Johan Auwerx
Laboratory of Integrative and Systems Physiology, EPFL

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Johan Auwerx is using systems biology and genetics approaches to understand the communication between the mitochondria and the nucleus. His work is relevant for the areas of transcription, mitochondria, metabolism, and aging. His research spurred the development of new drugs, such as PPAR agonists, PARP inhibitors and other NAD+ boosters for the treatment of metabolic and muscular diseases. Johan Auwerx was elected as a member of EMBO and has received many international scientific prizes.



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Johannes Bohacek
Lab of Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETHZ

Biography
Johannes Bohacek is Professor for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at the ETH Zurich. He performed studies in the University of Graz, Austria and the University of New Orleans. He earned his PhD from Tulane University and performed postdoctoral work with Isabelle Mansuy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). In 2015, he became a group leader at the Brain Research Institute, University Zurich, and in 2017 he was appointed assistant professor tenure track at the ETH Zurich. His group uses mice as a model organism to study how the complex stress-response leads to organism-wide changes that can influence health and disease. Their research focuses on the impact of stress on the brain as well as on the germline. In the brain, they try to decipher the molecular and circuit mechanisms of stress-induced anxiety. In the germline, they study how stress can induce epigenetic changes in sperm cells, which can affect the development of the offspring.



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Mirjam Christ-Crain
Clinic of Endocrinology, University Hospital Basel and University of Basel

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Mirjam Christ-Crain is full Professor of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Basel and the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland.  She studied medicine in Basel and Vienna and did her MD in the year 2000 at the University of Basel and her PhD 2007 at the University of London followed by her habilitation at the University of Basel in 2007. From 2009 to 2015 she had a research professorship of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her special research interest is stress hormones in inflammation and metabolic disorders. She authored and co-authored more than 200 publications and received several awards for her research. Since 2013 she is Deputy Chief at the Clinic for Endocrinology, University Hospital Basel and since 2014 she is Head of the Department of Clinical Research at the University of Basel.



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Dominique de Quervain
Faculty of Medicine & Faculty of Psychology and Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Basel

Biography
Dominique de Quervain is Professor at the Faculty of Medicine & Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel, Director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience (www.brainscience.ch; www.mcn.unibas.ch) and currently Research Dean of the Faculty of Psychology. He studied medicine at the University of Berne, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Irvine, and at the Universities of Basel and Zurich. He is interested in the effects of stress and stress hormones on memory in health and disease. In particular his group is eager to translate basic findings on the effects of glucocorticoids on memory to patients with PTSD and phobias. Furthermore, together with Andreas Papassotiropoulos, Dominique is interested in the genetic basis of human memory and in the identification of novel drug targets (www.geneguide.com).



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Marc Y. Donath
Department of Biomedicine, University Hospital Basel

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Marc Y. Donath is Head of the Clinic for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland. His main scientific contribution is the description of an inflammatory process underlying beta cell failure in Type 2 diabetes, with a central role for IL-1beta. On the basis of this he initiated clinical trials in patients with Type 2 diabetes that vindicates this hypothesis and resulting in the development of novel pharmacological approaches. His work has fundamentally contributed to what today is a well-accepted concept that the innate immune system is an integral component in the regulation of metabolism.



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Ulrike Ehlert
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Institute of Psychology, University of Zurich 

Biography
Ulrike Ehlert, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is also Director of the University's Postgraduate Educational Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Medicine and Director of the Outpatient Clinic for Stress-related Disorders. Her research focuses chiefly on psychobiological mechanisms of stress and stress-related disorders during different phases of life including pregnancy and on reproductive health psychology. She is member of the University of Zurich's Research Priority Program on Healthy Aging.



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Markus Gerber
Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel

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Markus Gerber has a Master in Sport Science from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and a PhD in Sport Psychology from the University of Freiburg (Germany). Since 2016, he is the head of the division Sport and Psychosocial Health at the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University of Basel. In his research, he examines whether physical activity and fitness protect against stress-related health impairments and how people manage to maintain a physically active lifestyle despite high levels of stress. His further research interests revolve around four topics: exercise in psychiatric patients, burnout, sleep and mental toughness. He closely collaborates with the Psychiatric Clinics of the University of Basel (Switzerland) and the Institute of Stress Medicine in Gothenburg (Sweden).



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Johannes Gräff
Brain Mind Institute, EPFL

Biography
Johannes Gräff performed studies in the University of Lausanne and the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. He performed her PhD in the lab of Isabelle Mansuy at ETHZ. In 2009, he moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, USA, where he performed his postdoctoral work under the supervision of Li-Huei Tsai. During this time, he could for the first time show that epigenetic mechanisms are causally involved in cognitive decline associated with neurodegeneration, as well as with updating long-term traumatic memories in a mouse model of post-traumatic stress disorder. Since 2013, Johannes is a tenure-track assistant professor at the Brain Mind Institute of the Faculty of Life Sciences, and the Nestle Chair for Neurosciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). During this time, he became a NARSAD independent investigator and an MQ fellow, and received an ERC Starting Grant (in 2015).



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Todd Hare
Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research, Dept. of Economics, University of Zurich

Biography
Decision making is a core aspect of human behaviors and the ability to make good choices is necessary for personal health and happiness as well as the efficient functioning of society as a whole. Our goal is to understand the neural mechanisms of decision making in healthy, typical populations as well as how these processes become dysfunctional in specific behavioral disorders and pathophysiologies.
My previous research has examined the neural networks that mediate decision making for various reward types (primary, monetary, social). We have shown that while key areas of the decision network are recruited across choice domains, the regions with which they interact differ between decision contexts. Furthermore, we have demonstrated differences in the neural networks that mediate choice in individuals who successfully employ self-control compared to those with self-control failures. Using a combination of behavioral, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and computational modeling techniques, I am presently studying the impact of factors such as stress, social feedback, and attention on both self-control and normative decision making.



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Andreas Lüthi
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel

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Manuel Mameli
Department of Fundamental Neuroscience, University of Lausanne

Biography
Manuel Mameli was born in Italy where he obtained his Master's degree in Neuroscience. After an intense training in synaptic physiology with Prof. Fernando Valenzuela at the University of New Mexico, he obtained his PhD at the University of Geneva in the laboratory of Christian Lüscher where he studied the mesolimbic dopamine circuits. He then joined the Institut du Fer à Moulin, INSERM, headed by Jean-Antoine Girault as a Junior Group Leader. Manuel Mameli was appointed Associate Professor at the DNF and moved here with his lab in January 2017



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Isabelle Mansuy
Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich and Department of Health Science and Technology, ETH Zurich

Biography
Isabelle Mansuy is professor in neuroepigenetics at the Medical Faculty of the University Zürich and the Department of Health Science and Technology (D-HEST) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETHZ). She obtained a PhD at the Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg, France then trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, New York before establishing her lab at ETHZ in Dec 1998. Her research examines the epigenetic basis of complex brain functions and the heritability of acquired traits across generations in mammals. The major goals are to gain new knowledge into the ensemble of epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation, non-coding RNAs and histone modifications that are persistently altered by early experiences and how they are transmitted across generations. This research is based on mouse models and on translation to humans. Isabelle Mansuy is member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Science, the European Academy of Science, the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, and European Molecular Biology Organization. She is recipient of the Medal of Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite and of the Medal of Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in France.



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Nadine Messerli-Bürgy
Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg

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Nadine Messerli-Bürgy is a clinical psychologist working at the interface of clinical child psychology and biological psychology. Her research focus is on biological stress regulation and its impact on psychological health in children and adults. She obtained her PhD at the University of Bern and was trained at the University College London (U.K.), and further at the University Hospital Lausanne, University of Bern and University of Fribourg (Switzerland). She received a SNSF-Professorship in 2017 and is leading the research group ‚Clinical Child Psychology and Biological Psychology' at the Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg .



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Urs Meyer
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich – Vetsuisse

Biography
Prof. Meyer earned his PhD in behavioral neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, in 2007. He then spent post-doctoral fellowships at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, and at the Behavioral Neurobiology Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Between 2011 and 2014, he was a Group Leader and Lecturer at the Physiology and Behavior Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In 2015, he was appointed as Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich – Vetsuisse, Switzerland. He is also a faculty member at the Neuroscience Center Zurich.  His team studies how early-life environmental adversities influence brain development and shape the risk of long-term brain abnormalities. His team combines behavioral and cognitive tests, immunological assays and neuroanatomical techniques in rodent models. His research also includes molecular investigations to examine the role of epigenetic processes in environmentally induced brain pathologies and uses pharmacological approaches with the aim to establish novel symptomatic and preventive treatments against chronic brain disorders with neurodevelopmental origins.



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Andreas Papassotiropoulos
Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Basel

Biography
Andreas Papassotiropoulos is board certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist and, since 2007, full Professor of Molecular Neurosciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Other stations of his career led him to the University Hospital in Bonn, Germany, the University of Zürich, Switzerland, as well as research visits to the USA, amongst others at the National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix. His areas of expertise include the investigation of the molecular basis of human cognition and the development of improved therapies for neuropsychiatric disorders. His research combines targeted and genome-wide genetic, epigenetic and transcriptomic analyses with functional brain imaging in healthy and diseased human populations. He also studies the regulation of memory-related genes in animal models under different experimental conditions and at the level of defined neuronal subpopulations. His team uses advanced computational and mathematical approaches to generate testable hypotheses, identify the underlying genetic pathways and networks and define fundamental patterns of gene interactions. He is recipient of numerous honors and awards, amongst others the Robert-Bing-Prize, The Weizmann Lecture, and the Cloetta Prize.



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Camille Piguet
Department of Psychiatry, University of Geneva and Geneva University Hospital

Biography
After her medical studies in Geneva, Camille Piguet defended in 2012 a PhD in Neuroscience, under the supervision of prof. Patrik Vuilleumier, exploring the cognitive and neural basis of thoughts disorders in mood disorders. She then started her clinical training in adult psychiatry, while coordinating a broad research project on the vulnerability to bipolar disorders, with the help of a clinical scientist grant from the NCCR Synapsy. She is interested in brain networks of stress reactivity as a potential vulnerability marker for emotional regulation disorders.



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Ulrike Rimmele
Department for Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva

Biography
Ulrike Rimmele is Research Fellow (Ambizione) at the Department for Basic Neurosciences at the University of Geneva. Her research projects aim at understanding the role that stress hormones play in the processes underlying the building and changing of emotional memory representations.  To this purpose, she uses a combination of behavioural, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques.



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David Sander
Department of Psychology, FPSE and  Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva 

Biography
Prof. David Sander mainly investigates the brain and cognitive mechanisms involved in emotion. He studied mathematics and psychology at the University René Descartes (Paris, France), and received a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from the University Louis Lumière (Lyon, France). In 2002, he joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He is now full professor in this Department where he directs the Laboratory for the study of Emotion Elicitation and Expression. In 2012, he has been appointed Director of the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives, and of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Affective Sciences, which is located at the Campus Biotech.
He is mainly interested in the brain and cognitive mechanisms involved in emotion elicitation, and how these mechanisms modulate attention, memory, and decision-making. He has published more than100 articles and edited 6 books on these topics. For his work, he was awarded the 2013 National Latsis Prize.



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Carmen Sandi
Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics, Brain Mind Institute, EPFL

Biography
Carmen Sandi is a Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where she is the Director of the Brain Mind Institute and heads the Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics. She performed her PhD at the Cajal Institute, in Madrid, and had postdoctoral appointments at the University of Bordeaux and the Open University, UK. Before joining the EPFL in 2003, she was Professor at UNED in Madrid where she directed the Laboratory Stress and Memory. Research in her lab aims to understand how stress and personality traits affect brain function and behavior. Her lab is developing an integrative research program combining approaches in rodents and humans focusing on the effects of stress on the social brain. A special emphasis in her current work is placed on the role of brain bioenergetics in the regulation of behavior. She is Inaugural Fellow of the Society for Social Neuroscience (SS4N). She was President of the European Brain and Behavior Society (EBBS; 2011-2012) and is currently member of the Executive council of the European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (EMCCS) and President-elect of the Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS).



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Marianne Schmid Mast
Department of Organizational Behavior, UNIL

Biography
Marianne Schmid Mast is full professor of Organizational Behavior at HEC at the University of Lausanne. After having received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Zurich, she pursued her research at Northeastern University in Boston (USA). She held positions as assistant professor in Social Psychology at the University of Fribourg and she was a full professor at the Department of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Neuchatel. Her research addresses how individuals in power hierarchies interact, perceive, and communicate (verbally and nonverbally), how first impressions affect interpersonal interactions and evaluations, how people form accurate impressions of others, and how physician communication affects patient outcomes. She uses immersive virtual environment technology to investigate interpersonal behaviour and communication as well as computer-based automatic sensing to analyse nonverbal behaviour in social interactions. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior and in the Editorial Board of the journal Leadership Quarterly. Marianne Schmid Mast is a former member of the Swiss National Research Council and acted as president of the Swiss Psychological Society.



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Michael Shanahan
Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development and Institute of Sociology, University of Zurich

Biography
Mike Shanahan is a professor of sociology at the University of Zurich, where he is also Director of the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development. He is interested in the integration of social and gene expression data to study early stressful experiences and life-long patterns of health and attainment, including learning. Shanahan is currently collecting mRNA data (PBMCs) from a nationally representative panel study (~5,000 people) extending from early adolescence to middle adulthood in the United States. 



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Silvia Stringhini
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine Lausanne

Biography
Dr. Silvia Stringhini is Senior Lecturer and Privat Docent at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine in Lausanne, Switzerland. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, a Masters in Global Health and a Master in International Economics. Her main research areas are: social inequalities in chronic diseases and ageing, the role of health behaviours in the genesis of social inequalities in health, and the biological consequences of social inequalities. She has been working on data from several cohorts from different countries, including the UK, France and Switzerland. She is the principal investigator of several research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Lausanne, and she is a co-investigator and work package leader of the EU Horizon 2020 LIFEPATH project.



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Roland von Känel
Director Department of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine, University Hospital Zurich

Biography
Dr. Roland von Känel is a licensed internist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, specialized in psychosomatic and biobehavioral medicine. His research interests include the psychobiological pathways linking stress and behavior with the development and manifestation of somatic diseases; including atherothrombotic cardiovascular diseases, venous thromboembolism, inflammatory diseases, sleep disorders, and chronic pain.



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Klaus Zuberbuehler
Dep. Comparative Cognition, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchatel

Biography
Since 2012: Professor, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchatel; since 2008: Professor, School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews; since 2005: Scientific Director, Budongo Conservation Field Station; 2005-8: Reader, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews; since 2001: Director, Tai Monkey Project; 2001-5: Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews; 1998-2001: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig; 1998: Ph.D., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania; 1996-7: Teaching Assistant, Psychology, Univ. of Pennsylvania; 1995: M.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania; 1993-4: Research Assistant, Zoology, University of Zurich; 1993: Diploma in Zoology and Anthropology, University of Zurich 

 

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