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Université de Bordeaux
LabEx BRAINBordeaux Region Aquitaine Initiative for Neurosciences
Cluster of excellence

ERC Synergy Award 2020 for L. Groc, E. Bézard, V. Nägerl and L. Cognet

from Thursday 05 November 2020 to Thursday 31 December 2020

Resulting from EXTRABRAIN, the flagship project of LabEx BRAIN, the ENSEMBLE project has just won an ERC Synergy Award.

Last update Friday 06 November 2020


Congratulations to our ERC Synergy 2020 awardees L. Groc, E. Bézard, V. Nägerl and L. Cognet!

We are happy and proud of this selection that will further expand our knowledge of the properties and function of the Brain extracellular space.

We are particularly happy about this selection as this Syenergy project has part of its roots in the Labex BRAIN flagship project ExtraBrain that we financed 6 years ago.


The laboratories of Laurent Groc (Research Director CNRS; Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience), Erwan Bézard (Research Director INSERM; Institute of Neurodegenerative Disorders), Laurent Cognet (Research Director CNRS; Laboratoire photonique numérique et nanosciences) and Valentin Nägerl (Professor at University of Bordeaux; Research Director CNRS; Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience) have been awarded the ERC Synergy Award 2020.




The ENSEMBLE project aims at underpinning the molecular mechanisms of physiological and pathological brain function.

This ambitious and innovative endeavor is based on our ability to develop new approaches in high-resolution microscopy at the service of a new conceptual framework in brain cell communication.


This project has roots in the international leadership of the Bordeaux community in the fields of microscopy, nanophotonics, fundamental and translational neuroscience.

The opportunity that is offered to these 4 investigators to break a frontier knowledge was permitted by the continuous support of local institutional actors. The installation of Prof. Valentin Nägerl’s laboratory in 2009 with a "Chaire Accueil" from the Regional Council of Aquitaine, the support of LabEx BRAIN, the Laphia Cluster and the IdEx of the University of Bordeaux provided the ground to build elementary blocks necessary for the challenging adventure of the ERC Synergy project (10 million euros, 6 years).


About the ERC Synergy



> Dowload the press release PDF [FR]

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