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

Interdisciplinary Institute for NeuroScience

ChoquetDirector : Daniel CHOQUET


The Institute for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (IINS) is a research center that opened its doors on January 1st, 2011. Currently, IINS is home to about 160 scientists. The director is Daniel Choquet.


IINS undergoes pluridisciplinary research by associating chemists, biologists, biophysicists and neurobiologists. They particularly study synaptic transmission, i.e. the communication between brain cells and the impact of this communication on neuronal networks and behavior.


IINS scientists put a strong emphasis on developments of new investigation technologies combined with use of advanced tools. This allows the forefront research of subcellular nanoscopic protein organization, synapse dynamic and physiology of neuronal systems in normal or pathological behavioral situations.


The IINS research methodologies are imaging, chemistry, cellular biology and the physiology of synapses and neuronal networks.


The laboratory is leader in the field of neuronal molecules dynamics. Thanks to IINS studies, synaptic function and receptors are being better understood.


> Research teams :


Dynamic organization and functions of synapses - Daniel Choquet

Structural biology and engineering of neuronal signalling - Jonathan Elegheert

Computational and Systems Neuroscience - Frédéric Gambino

Temporal and mechanical control of motile structures - Gregory Giannone

Development and adaptation of neuronal circuits - Laurent Groc

Synapse in cognition - Yann Humeau

Central mechanisms of pain sensitization - Marc Landry

Synaptic circuits of memory - Christophe Mulle

Synaptic plasticity and super-resolution microscopy - Valentin Nägerl

Quantitative imaging of the cell - Jean-Baptiste Sibarita

Cell adhesion molecules in synapse assembly - Olivier Thoumine