LARC - Neurosciences Network

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  • The 09/09/2019, 23rd meeting of the LARC-Neuroscience Network

    The 23rd meeting of the LARC-Neuroscience Network will be organized on Friday, October 18th, 2019, in Nantes, at the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie (CCI) of Nantes, conveniently accessible by train+tram or car. Michel Neunlist (Inserm Univ. Nantes) will first present on microbiota and neural dysfunctions, Stella Elkabes (Rutgers University, USA) will present on the role of TLR9 in spinal cord injury, and Julie Gavard (Inserm/Cnrs, Univ. Nantes) will present on control of Glioblastoma. During the day, communications authored by young & talented postdoc researchers from the different neuroscience teams participating to the network will also be selected for oral presentations. Other communications will be presented as posters during the three hours lunch/coffee breaks. A preopening lecture for bioinformatics students and biologists by Maria Miteva, (CNRS/INSERM, Paris) will be scheduled the evening before the meeting on in silico screening of small molecules targeted by metabolizing enzymes. We are looking forward to seeing you in Nantes!

  • The 08/07/2019,

LARC LARC-Neurosciences Network

The Network of cooperation in neurosciences, from the Channel area, designated by the acronym "LARC-Neuroscience Network", is a federation of 35 research teams in Neurobiology from Universities of Nijmegen (Netherlands), Leuven (Belgium), Portsmouth (UK), Lille, Amiens, Rouen, Caen, Rennes, Brest, Nantes and Paris region. All laboratories of neurobiology from the Normandy ComUE University are federated within this network of research and teaching.

In terms of education, the LARC-Neuroscience Network is one of the main thrusts of the Master in Biomedical Sciences from Rouen and Caen, and of the Norman Graduate School in Integrative Biology, Health & Environment (EdNBISE). Internships abroad are available to students through the ERASMUS / SOCRATES agreements and the ‘Students Without Borders’ program from the High-Normandy Region.

In terms of research, teams from the LARC-Neuroscience Network pursue an intense collaboration, focused on two major themes (i.e. neuroendocrinology /new neuropeptides and aging / neurodegenerative diseases /stroke /neuronal death), which is materialize over the last 4 years by 140 joint publications from at least two teams of the Network, some of which have appeared in leading journals (i.e. Science, P.N.A.S., Endocrinology, J. Cerebral. Blood Flow Metab., J. Neurochem., J. Neurosci. Res., Neurosciences, J. Comp. Neurol., …). Each year, one of the teams of the network organizes, usually in October, the Scientific Meeting of the LARC-Neuroscience network. The 13th Scientific Meeting of the LARC-Neuroscience Network was held on October 30th, 2009, in Caen, the 14th Scientific Meeting occurred on October 29th, 2010, in Lille, the 15th Scientific Meeting occurred on October 28th, 2011, in Rennes, the 16th Scientific Meeting occurred on November 9th, 2012, in Portsmouth, the 17th Scientific Meeting occurred on October 25th, 2013, in Rouen, the 18th Scientific Meeting occurred on October 7th, 2014, in Caen, the 19th Scientific Meeting occurred on November 13th, 2015, in Amiens, the 20th Scientific Meeting occurred on November 25th, 2016, in Rennes, the 21th Scientific Meeting occurred on October 13th, 2017, in Lille, the 22th Scientific Meeting occurred on October 19th, 2018, in Mont-Saint-Aignan, the 23th Scientific Meeting occurred on October 18th, 2019, in Nantes and the 24th Scientific Meeting occurred on January 1th, 2020, in and the 25th Scientific Meeting occurred on January 1th, 2021, in . Since the integration of English teams in the LARC-Neuroscience Network, our Scientific Meetings are organized entirely in English, which is an excellent training for our Doctoral Students.

The LARC-Neuroscience Network relies on three complementary research IBiSA platforms: the Regional Research Platform in Cellular Imaging of High-Normandy (PRIMACEN), the Research Platform in in vivo Imaging from the Cyceron Center and the Instrumental Platform in Analytical and Separatibe Sciences. The federation of these three platforms, which is currently planned, will provide a unique infrastructure for our research teams in Neuroscience.

Norman teams of the LARC-Neuroscience Network receive several grants to develop their cooperation, including an Interreg funding of 3 789 364 euros over the period 2011-2014.

The teams of the Network have obtained several joint contracts from public and private agencies, and they also obtained joint patents. They have twice organized the Symposium of the French Neuroscience Society, in 2003 in Rouen and in 2005 in Lille. They have organized in 2010, the 7th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology ( The Network teams are heavily involved in public communication, through conferences, events and exhibitions on the occasion of the Science Festival and the Brain Awareness Week. Team activities of the network are presented regularly in the Neuroscience Letter, the last issue (Number. 203) was published in March 2019. If you would like to receive our Neuroscience Letter, please register here.

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