A focal point for neuroscience
At the DNF (formerly DBCM), there are about 80 scientists in 15 research groups, working mainly on basic and translational neuroscience. Together these include the majority of the neuroscientists in the University of Lausanne.
The DNF is playing a leading role in coordinating two major neuroscience collaborations:
- the Lausanne Centre of Neuroscience (Pôle Lausannois de Neurosciences), under establishment in collaboration with its partners in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
- the Lemanic Training Program in Neuroscience, in collaboration with the EPFL and the University of Geneva. This encompasses a series of thematic teaching programs at the Master and PhD levels.
The DNF encourages translational research by its policy of hosting research groups from clinical departments (Anesthesiology, Neurology, Neurorehabilitation, Neonatology) and by collaborating with clinical groups in the study of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases, as well as diabetes. In addition, the DNF played a major role in creating the Centre de Neurosciences Psychiatriques at Cery, along with several other departments of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM).
The DNF's priority area of technological development is cellular imaging, including a considerable concentration of state-of-the-art techniques for both structural and dynamic imaging. As a consequence, the DNF is a leader in the development of imaging techniques within the FBM. Furthermore, the DNF hosts one of the two antennas of the FBM's Cellular Imaging Facility (CIF). This integration guarantees the transfer of research developments in cellular imaging to users of the CIF who come from other departments of the FBM.