Physiology and pathophysiology of executive functions
ARISTIETA ARBELAIZ Asier (post-doctoral researcher) AUPY Jérôme (post-doctoral researcher) BORAUD Thomas (researcher) BURBAUD Pierre (physician/researcher) DEFFAINS Marc (post-doctoral researcher) GAUTHIER Sophie (PhD student) GUEHL Dominique (physician/researcher) GONON François (researcher) LEBLOIS Arthur (researcher) MALLET Estelle (post-doctoral researcher) MALLET Nicolas (researcher) NGUYEN Tho Haï (engineering assistant) RETAILLEAU Aude (post-doctoral researcher) TEIL Margaux (PhD student) URSU Roman (PhD student) ______________________________ Clinical branch BURBAUD Pierre (physician/researcher) CUNY Emmanuel (physician/researcher) DAMON-PERRIERE Nathalie (PH) GUEHL Dominique (physician/researcher) ENGELHARDT Julien (internal PhD student) MICHEL Véronique (PH)
Our objective is to unravel the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive and motor executive functions. Our main interests are the physiological and pathophysiological aspects of the planning, decision making and learning processes. Our strategy is grounded both on a systemic approach, which focus on the interactions between the various structures involved (cortex, basal ganglia, thalamus, medial temporal lobe, etc.) and on a translational approach, ranging from rodent to human subject in normal and pathological conditions.
In this general framework, our work revolve around several topics :
- Physiology of decision making processes :
We investigate the neural bases of decision making processes through several projects. We particularly focus our attention on the pre-frontal cortex, the anterior cingular cortex and the basal ganglia. For our studies, we use an interdisciplinary approach combining behavioral experiments, multiple-cell electro-physiological recordings, pharmacological manipulations and theoretical modelling.
- Physiology of spatial cognition
Taking advantage of the expertise we developed on spatial navigation, we study the involvement of the cortex-basal ganglia loop in spatial navigation. Our approach combines our recently developed navigation task, multiple electrode recordings and optogenetic manipulations to unravel the mechanism underlying routine and switching to goal directed behavior. In parallel, we investigate the dopaminergic innervation of the hippocampus.
- Dynamic properties of the cortical-sub-cortical loops
The globus pallidus has been shown to be composed of at least two different cell populations with different embryonic origins and different targets. This, amongst other data, forced us to reconsider the role of the globus pallidus as a hub controlling the activity of the whole network, and not only a simple relay nucleus along the indirect pathway. Our goal is now to assess how the inclusion of this two populations impact the dynamic properties of the cortex-basal ganglia loop.
- Pathophysiology of executive functions
Because of our deep involvement in clinical research, we also address the pathophysiological aspect of executive functions. We focus our research on the pathophysiology of dystonia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Experimental therapeutic : Brain-machine interface (Brain radio project)
Essential tremor (ET) is one of the most common adult movement disorders with a prevalence of 4% in the general population. Although several medications are commonly used, few of them are truly effective for controlling severe forms of essential tremor. Our work aims to improve the deep brain stimulation treatment.
- Ethics of Neurosciences
In parallel with our systemic approach, we investigate the mechanisms underlying the huge gap between neuroscience observations and their reporting. We particularly focus on the overstated commentaries made by neuroscientists when they communicate with journalists.
- Study of the role of the different brain areas (pre-frontal cortex, basal ganglia, etc.) and their interaction during decision-making process.
- Study of the dopamine influence on the mental representation of the hippocampus (in collaboration with G.Morris, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israël).
- Demonstrate that dystonia is associated with an abnormal function of the putaminal cholinergic interneurons (Ach-I).
- Exploration of the neuronal network that supports doubt and study of the neuronal changes occurring when the subject is aware of his doubt.
- Characterize the features of thalamic activity during the initiation of movement-related induced tremor.
- Investigate in what extent the orientation of neuroscientists by institutions towards mass media affect the whole research process, including its soundness.
- Study of the potential role of basal ganglia in the genesis of epileptic seizures through a translational approach in humans and monkeys.
Criteria : Author : "Thomas,Boraud; Pierre,Burbaud", Publication type : "('ART')"
Number of occurrences founded : 50.
- Do newspapers preferentially cover biomedical studies involving national scientists?
- Estelle Dumas-Mallet, Aran Tajika, Andy Smith, Thomas Boraud, Toshiaki Furukawa, François Gonon
- Public Understanding of Science, SAGE Publications, 2019, 28 (2), pp.191-200. 〈10.1177/0963662518809804〉
- A Computational Model of Dual Competition between the Basal Ganglia and the Cortex
- Meropi Topalidou, Daisuke Kase, Thomas Boraud, Nicolas Rougier
- eNeuro, Society for Neuroscience, 2018, pp.ENEURO.0339--17.2018
- A Natural History of Skills
- Thomas Boraud, Arthur Leblois, Nicolas P. Rougier
- Progress in Neurobiology, Elsevier, 2018, 171, pp.114-124. 〈10.1016/j.pneurobio.2018.08.003〉
- Naftazone in advanced Parkinson's disease: An acute L-DOPA challenge randomized controlled trial
- Frédéric Dutheil, Élodie Durand, Isabelle Rieu, Aurélien Mulliez, Maria Livia Fantini, Yves Boirie, Pierre-Olivier Fernagut, J.P. Azulay, M. Vidailhet, C. Tranchant, Jean-Christophe Corvol, Franck Durif, Wassilios Meissner, Jean-Philippe Azulay, Raphaël Haddad, Raquel Guimarães-Costa, Louise-Laure Mariani, Florence Cormier-Dequaire, Claire Thalamas, Monique Galitzky, Thomas Boraud, Bérengère Debilly, Alexandre Eusebio, Marion Houot, Estelle Dellapina, Véronique Chaigneau, Alexandrine Salis, Lucette Lacomblez, Laurent Benel, Olivier Rascol
- Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 2018, 174 (9), pp.579 - 580. 〈10.1016/j.parkreldis.2018.10.005〉
- Scientific Uncertainty in the Press: How Newspapers Describe Initial Biomedical Findings
- Estelle Dumas-Mallet, Andy Smith, Thomas Boraud, François Gonon
- Science Communication, SAGE Publications, 2018, 40 (1), pp.124-141. 〈10.1177/1075547017752166〉