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9 February 2018

Women in Coffee Science: appointment on February 13,2018

edition 2017/18 of the Cafés Femmes en sciences at the Quai des Savoirs, which started in October 2017, proposes a third meeting on Tuesday 13 February 2018 at 6pm with Nabila Jabrane-Ferrat of the Centre de physiopathologie de Toulouse Purpan (CNRS, Inserm, UT3 - Paul Sabatier) and Céline Cappe of the Centre de recherche cerveau et cognition (CNRS, UT They are specialists in so-called "natural killers" cells and multi-sensory information processing respectively. These two scientists will talk about their careers, their daily work and their current research in a relaxed and open atmosphere. This coffee will be introduced by a quiz to test your knowledge of gender equality in a fun way.

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9 January 2018

Age-related macular degeneration: teaching the brain how to adapt to the disease

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an incurable eye disease that affects more than one million people in France. It is characterized by a damage of the central part of the retina, the macula. At an advanced stage, a blind spot appears in the center of the visual field, while peripheral vision is preserved. There is currently no cure for AMD. Recent studies in neuroscience have shown that it is possible to use a perceptual learning method to improve central visual functions in the case of pathologies such as myopia or amblyopia. In collaboration with the Retina Center of the Purpan Hospital, the ECO-3D team of the Cerco laboratory (CNRS UMR 5549) applied this approach to the peripheral region of the visual field in AMD patients who had totally lost their central vision. Patients followed training sessions for 2 months during which they had to detect the visual properties of objects. The idea was to force the brain to progressively improve perceptual performances in the intact peripheral region of the macula and to extend these improvements to the flawed central region through cerebral plasticity. The results obtained strongly suggest that this perceptual learning has indeed led to partial cortical reorganizations; this is a promising first step in the collaboration between basic research and clinical research in the field of ophthalmology to develop rehabilitation methods aiming at improving visual performance and thus the autonomy of AMD patients.

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20 November 2017


The CHU has just acquired an automaton of synthesis. Placed near the cyclotron in Purpan-North, it facilitates the exploration of the hearing of a patient by eliminating the noise and by evacuating problems posed by prostheses containing some metal. For Pr Olivier Deguine, leader of the service ORL at the hospital Pierre Paul Riquet on the site of Purpan, the interest of this technique is to look at zones stimulated in the brain when we send a sound to an ear or to both, by natural way or by cochlear implant. "We can so determine, he says, if in case of unilateral deafness the brain works as to the hearing good and when it is rehabilitated if everything works normally." The newspaper of the CHU: "Trait d’union" dedicates it its autumn number.

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15 November 2017

Exercise your brain while helping science!

Our new freely available iPad app is a fun game that allows us to study your capacity for detecting repetitions in image streams. Find "Brainspotting 1.0.0" on App Store on your iPad or follow this link Brainspotting

To be noted

Brain Week 2018

Brain Week 2018 will take place from March 12 to 18. Program.

Conférences et séminaires

Conférence CerCo
Magali Batty
CERPPS - Toulouse
jeudi 05 avril 2018 11h00
Salle de conférence (Pavillon Baudot), Hôpital Purpan
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