LN Journal Clubs

General information | Current LN Journal Clubs (JC) | EEG platform seminars (CHUV Lausanne)

General information

A series of twelve Journal Clubs per year can be validated with 1 ECTS as far as you respect these guidelines: 

1. Principle of organization
The journal club can be organized by the students themselves under the supervision of one local group leaders from their department or institute. It is open to all students in the Doctoral Program in Neurosciences and to all members from the organizing or affiliated department as well as to special invited participants (e.g. guest speakers). It should take place on a regular basis, weekly if possible, on a precise day and time. The responsible group leader should be present during each session.

2. Presentations
Presentations and presenters need to be announced at least one week in advance (if possible with a downloadable pdf file) and be publicly accessible on a website managed by the organizer(s), or sent by e-mail to all participants. Presentations should be no longer than one hour: 10-15 min general introduction, 20-30 min article presentation, 15-30 min discussion. The article presented should be on a neuroscience related topic from a high impact journal (impact factor 8 or higher), unless good reason exists (to confirm with supervising group leader). When possible, we strongly suggest that presenters coordinate the topic of their presentation with the departmental weekly seminar.
Participants should read the paper beforehand and prepare at least one question to discuss.

3. Credits
To validate credits for the journal club, students are required to prepare one presentation and attend 10 sessions. The Journal Club sheet, showing attendance and presentation dates, must be signed by the supervisor and sent to the LNDS coordinator.


Current LN Journal Clubs (JC)

  • Developmental Neuroscience Journal Club
    • every first and third Wednesday of the month, 12 PM-1 PM , Room 8020, 8th floor, CMU Geneva
    • Please mail denis.jabaudon@unige.ch for details on the program.

PERIODICITY: Two sessions per month, most probably on Tuesday from 15 :00 to 16 :00.
RATIONALE: In each session, an elected speaker will present an article following the template on the website. The articles are chosen by the speaker one week in advance. The speaker will present the paper using powerpoint slides and leading an open discussion on the article. The topic of the paper should be related to neuroscience and present original content (no reviews).

CONTACT: If you are interested, please contact davidzeugin@gmail.com or borja.rodriguez84@gmail.com to request more information.


  • JC Human Neuroscience at CHUV
    • Every two weeks on Thursdays at 13h sharp @ CHUV, in Mont Paisible 16 (seminar room on 5th floor)
    • The access to the journal club calendar is restricted. Please contact meytalwilf@gmail.com to access it.
    • The list of topics:
      • Neuroscience of human neuroimaging with clinical orientation. 
      • Perception and action
      • Sleep and consciousness 
      • Novel analysis methods for neuroimaging
  • JC: Criticality of Complex Dynamics in the Brain (link)
  • bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 16-17h
    • CHUV/Bugnon area Lausanne
  • Journal club on emotions/affect in Geneva

    PERIODICITY: Once a week for up to an hour, most probably on Thursdays for lunch.
    FORMAT: Every week a volunteer will present a paper (or, if motivated, a topic of several papers) with either an important impact on the field of emotions/affect or related to a methodological issue (like a new analysis method). The papers should be of a high standard and can be freely chosen by the presenter - or if one can't decide, then one can set up a paper vote on doodle, or ask seniors. The goal is to discuss pitfalls and merits of the paper together, rather than staying quiet and just let the presenter do the talking. Attendants don't need to read the article in advance, but it's advised that they at least go over it quickly. Although it's on voluntary basis, the idea is that every participant should also present at some point. Ideally the journal club would be a full academic year (or two semesters), every week, i.e. with 9-10 sessions per semester. However, if that would take too much time for people, we might reduce it to ~5 sessions per semester.
    CONTACT: Motivated people can either send a mail to emoj-request@listes.unige.ch or contact Sven.Collette@unige.ch

  • Journal club on decision making in Geneva

    PERIODICITY: One session per month
    RATIONALE: To study and discuss different approaches to decision sciences. Decision-making has been studied from different perspectives including philosophy, psychology, economics, and neuroscience. However, the connection of these fields for the discovery of decision processes is not well established. This journal club can provide a platform in which students can learn more interdisciplinary approaches on decision-making and a networking opportunity for future collaboration in all aspects of decision-making, including emotions, theory of mind, computational and mathematical modelling, neuroeconomics, and behavioral psychology.
    CONTACT: Motivated people can either send a mail to Mohsen.falahi@unige.ch, also to request more information
    Club supervisor: Prof. Kerstin Preuschoff

  • Journal club "Clinical neuroscience of pain" (CHUV, Lausanne)

PERIODICITY: One session per month (usually penultimate Tuesday of the Month, 12-13h, please contact us to receive future dates)
PLACE: Seminar room of the pain center, CHUV, Lausanne (centre d’antalgie, CHUV main building BH06, entrée 5, room 164)
FORMAT: A volunteer presents a paper with an important impact on pain research and clinical neuroscience (~30min). Reading the article in advance is not mandatory, but it's advised. This presentation is followed by an abstract club, i.e. each participant is asked to pick an abstract, to give a brief summary and to explain the relevance for the field.
CONTACT: please contact aurore.fernandez@chuv.ch for details on the program.


  • JC NeuroRestore at CHUV
    • Every two weeks on Thursdays at 4pm @ CHUV, Pavillon 4 (VR Room) 
    • Please contact leonie.asboth@chuv.ch for the access to the journal club calendar. 
    • Keywords: Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's disease, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurorehabilitation, Neurotechnologies, Targeted electrical spinal stimulation, Brain-Machine interface.



EEG platform seminars (CHUV Lausanne)

The EEG platform seminars take place every two months.


Principle of organization: Seminars highlight current or past projects based on EEG data analyses. Speakers are invited to emphasize both the scientific and the methodological aspects, providing sufficient details to understand data collection, data analysis pipeline and key implementation points. Seminars offer the opportunity to promote the use of existing softwares, toolboxes and codes for enhancing the use of common resources in the EEG community. The EEG platform seminars are attended by researchers of various backgrounds, including medicine, neuropsychology, engineering, physics and biology. Many of them are either familiar with EEG analysis methods or expert in the field. Speakers and schedule are coordinated by Dr Marzia De Lucia.

Presentations: Presentations and presenters are announced at least three/four weeks in advance and be publicly accessible on a website (https://eegplatformdnc.wordpress.com/), and sent by e-mail to all participants. Presentations should be no longer than thirty minutes in order to leave enough time for questions and discussion (30 minutes max).

Credit validation: To validate credits for the journal club, students are required to prepare one presentation and attend 11 sessions. The Journal Club sheet, showing attendance and presentation dates, must be signed by the supervisor and sent to the LNDS coordinator.


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