The Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience NeuroPSI is a joint Research Unit of the Paris-Saclay University and CNRS with a staff of about 250 people. NeuroPSI is dedicated to basic Neuroscience, at all scales of analysis, from molecule to cognition and from embryo to adult. The research groups of NeuroPSI are organized into three scientific departments to study neural circuits from emergence to behavioral outputs, with different scales and different approaches.

The NeuroPSI institute is made up of 22 research teams grouped within the three scientific departments.
The institute also hosts technical platforms, platforms or services dedicated to research activities.

Missions of the Institute

The main scientific goal at NeuroPSI is to understand the nature and logic of the neural circuits that govern the behavior of animals as they interact with their environment. We use various animal models and combine experimental and theoretical approaches to understand how different types of neural architectures can perform brain tasks. Our projects aim to determine how cellular interactions lead to neuronal populations, how these populations assemble into functional circuits, and how these circuits operate to integrate different sensory modalities, generate behaviors and control cognitive functions. We also investigate, through comparative and genetic approaches, how evolutionary forces shape the brain and create individual brain diversity in natural populations.

Scientific Departments

Cognitive and Network Neuroscience
Head Valérie Doyère, Vice-Head Glenn Dallérac.

Development, Evolution and Cell Signaling
Head Sylvie Rétaux, Vice-Head Martial Ruat.

Integrative & Computational Neuroscience
Head Daniel E. Shulz, Vice-Head Catherine Del Negro.

And two international antennae :

● The European Institute of Theoretical Neurosciences (EITN, dir. Alain Destexhe)
● The French Node of the Internationational Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF, dir. Andrew Davison and Jean-Baptiste Poline, Neurospin-I2BM-CEA).
These two international antennae are attached to and administered by ICN.

Management Board

The Management Board is the unit's strategic steering body.
It is composed of the Director of the Unit, the Vice-Directors as well as the heads of departments and the General Secretary.

Director and Vice-Directors
François ROUYER
Directeur de Recherche INSERM
Directrice de Recherche CNRS
Directeur de Recherche CNRS
General Secretary
General Secretary
Ingénieure de Recherche CNRS
Heads of the departments
Head of the CNN department
Valérie DOYERE
Directrice de Recherche CNRS
Head of the DECS department
Directrice de Recherche CNRS
Head of the ICN department
Daniel E. SHULZ
Directeur de recherche CNRS
Vice-Head of the CNN department
Chargé de recherche CNRS
Vice-Head of the DECS department
Martial Ruat
Directeur de Recherche INSERM
Vice-Head of the ICN department
Catherine DEL NEGRO
Directrice de Recherche CNRS
Technical Facilities and Administrative Services

General Secretary : Patricia Madrières
Gif-sur-Yvette, Orsay : Head Valérie Lavallée

Washing/Device preparation : Patricia Villeneuve
Informatics : Head Bernard MARTIN
Logistics/Asset Management/Health & Safety : Sandrine Ceresiani + H. & S. Comittee
Information Management/Website : Alain Pérignon
General Stores/Deliveries : Pascal Abbas, Pascal Fangouse

Administrative Services
a) Human Resources : Head Odile Lecquyer
b) Budget/Finances : Head Nathalie Berthé, Vice-Head Michèle Toulgoat
c) Services :
Fabien BELLANGER, Jérôme HERVÉ, Aline GINOIS, Michèle MESINEL, Michèle TOULGOAT.

DR04 – Ile-de-France Sud (in french)

Supervisory Authorities
CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Paris-Saclay Université Paris-Saclay
INRAE Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement
INSERM Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale
CEA Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique