A rodent platform entirely dedicated to innovation in experimental psychopathology 

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OptoPath as if you were there OptoPath as if you were there

A virtual visit of OptoPath is now available online. It allows you to visit our premises and appreciate our cutting-edge equipment.

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Training in endomicroscopy in vivo-Use of the Cellvizio system

Study of cerebral vascular network by endomicroscopy in vivo. Theoretical and practical training in the use of Cellvizio system has been organized on June 13th and 14th, 2017

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A new Lab Manager for OptoPathA new Lab Manager for OptoPath


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Prefrontal neuronal assemblies temporally control fear behaviourPrefrontal neuronal assemblies temporally control fear behaviour

A publication in Nature by Cyril Dejean from Cyril Herry team

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Individual Variations in the Mechanisms of Nicotine Seeking: A Key for Research on Nicotine DependenceIndividual Variations in the Mechanisms of Nicotine Seeking: A Key for Research on Nicotine Dependence

A new publication in Neuropsychopharmacology by Vernon Garcia-Rivas from Véronique Deroche-Gamonet group

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A publication in Nature Neuroscience by Cyril Herry's team

Internally generated 4 hz oscillations synchronize prefrontal-amygdala neuronal circuits during fear behaviour. Fear response to traumatic or threatening situations helps us evade or escape danger. At the same time fear response is learned in the form of association between stimulus or situation and the presence of a stressor (e.g. physical danger). This association is very powerful and leaves a memory trace that persists for years after a single experience, generating profound structural and...

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OptoPath combines the expertise of neurobiologists, electrophysiologists and experimental psychologists for the identification of new therapeutic targets against 4 major psychological disorders: Addiction, Obesity, PTSD/Anxiety-related disorders and Memory deficits.

Their efforts have been directed towards the development of:

  • Innovative rodent behavioral models of these highly incident psychopathologies with complex behavioral disturbances. To be as close as possible from the human symptomatology, the diagnosis criteria and clinical characteristics of the pathologies of interest have been operationalized into rodents.
  • Cutting edge tools for neurobiological investigations coupling technologies such as multi-sites electrophysiology, optogenetics and deep brain vascular imaging in behaving rodents.

Combining these innovative animal models and cutting-edge technologies, OptoPath provides :

  • A large range of in vivo assays to evaluate the safety/therapeutic effects of novel drugs in the context of 4 major psychopathologies: