Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Geneva/Switzerland

12 August 2019

Ph.D. Student in Geneva/Switzerland

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PhD position in “multimodal imaging to understand neurodevelopmental vulnerability for developing schizophrenia”
22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome is neuro-genetic disorder that represents the single highest molecular risk factor for developing schizophrenia. Indeed approximately 30% of individuals with 22q11DS with develop schizophrenia by adulthood. In our lab, since 2001, we perform longitudinal follow-up of children and adolescents with 22q11.2 leading to the single largest longitudinal cohort worldwide. Our research protocol includes gold-standard neuroimaging acquisitions, including structural MRI, task-based fMRI resting-state fMRI and diffusion-weighted MRI. Moreover we perform extensive neuro-cognitive and clinical evaluations. Our aim is to understand how atypical trajectories of brain maturation contribute vulnerability to schizophrenia, in order to both characterize neurodevelopmental mechanism involved and to detect early biomarkers of vulnerability to the disorder.

We are looking for young, nearly graduated students with a master degree in medicine, psychology, biology, or neurosciences. Expertise in brain imaging and/or programming is not mandatory but a strong asset.

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Ulrike Toepel
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