The Division of Cognitive Neuroscience (DCN) at the University of Basel was founded in 2009 to promote interdisciplinary research in the field of cognitive neuroscience. The DCN is affiliated both with the Faculty of Psychology and with the Faculty of Medicine (University Psychiatric Clinics) and headed by Professor Dr. Dominique de Quervain. In the field of cognitive genetics, the DCN has strong collaboration with the Division of Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Basel. Scientists at the DCN have backgrounds in a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, pharmacology, genetics, neuroimaging and bioinformatics.

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Dominique de Quervain and Andreas Papassotiropoulos founded GeneGuide - a Swiss company dedicated to the identification of novel CNS drugs

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Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Basel in recognition of his pioneering research related to the molecular mechanisms of of learning and memory.

-> See video


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Dominique de Quervain has been awarded Member of the Supreme

Council of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences


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SINERGIA: Start of the collaborative research project Emotional Memory in Health and Disease funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation

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The European Space Agency selects an international project, which investigates the consequences of stress in space for the immune system and the brain. The DCN focuses on stress effects on memory.

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Larry R. Squire receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Basel in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the field of learning and memory.

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Glucocorticoids enhance extinction-based psychotherapy.pdf

-> NEWS in Science

see commentary in PNAS:
Healing anxiety disorders 
with glucocorticoids.pdfunibas-dcn_files/PNAS-2011-1018214108.pdfhttp://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/03/damping-down-fear-with-cortisol.html?ref=hpunibas-dcn_files/Healing%20anxiety%20disorders%20with%20glucocorticoids.pdfunibas-dcn_files/Healing%20anxiety%20disorders%20with%20glucocorticoids.pdfhttp://psycho.unibas.ch/abteilungen/abteilung-details/home/abteilung/molecular-psychology/shapeimage_14_link_0shapeimage_14_link_1shapeimage_14_link_2shapeimage_14_link_3

New project „Human genetics-driven discovery of memory-modulating drugs“ with the biopharmaceutical company

AC IMMUNE. This project is partially funded by the the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs.


Human genome–guided identification of memory-modulating drugs, PNAS 2013

-> PNAS.pdf

Division of Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Basel

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-> Lecture on Stress, Genes and Memory