Bordeaux Neurocampus

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Bordeaux Neurocampus is at the forefront of research on the brain and the pathologies that affect it, and is one of the leading European centres for research in neuroscience, from the molecular level to patient care.

In the 1990s, the University of Bordeaux’s neuroscience community was the first federation in France in the field of brain research. Over the last 15 years, it has become one of the most productive and attractive in France and Europe. All the neuroscience laboratories are now grouped under a common entity: Bordeaux Neurocampus.

Research conducted by some 50 teams comprising a total of around 750 scientists is advancing our knowledge of how the brain works, whether healthy or sick, and developing new approaches that are both therapeutic and preventive for the diseases that affect it.

The Bordeaux Neurocampus laboratories are experts in a wide range of skills and technologies ranging from molecular and cellular biology to biomedical imaging in humans. Their fields of expertise are: cellular biology of nervous system cells, synapses and circuits, neurodevelopment in various physiological processes such as cognition, memory, nutrition, motor and sensorial systems as well as in a range of pathologies such as neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric pathologies, nutrition, motor and sleep disorders. For these purposes, many different technologies are used and being developed such as neuroimaging and neurophotonics.

Access to sophisticated facilities and equipment - some twenty platforms - coupled with the multidisciplinary nature of the research work are factors of excellence that encourage cross-disciplinary approaches.

Scientists in the community also benefit from continuing education and a hundred or so seminars, lectures and symposiums throughout the year.

The technology transfer cell, NutriBrain, two labcoms (labs shared between an SME and an institute) and approximately 10 start-ups originating in the units round out the research environment. Their diversity reflects the community's dynamism and heterogeneity.

Finally, Bordeaux Neurocampus is anchored in the international community through collaborative research projects with countries around the world, as well as through the symposiums organised or training courses offered. That international influence is also based on the recruitment of international team leaders, particularly with support from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Council. A high proportion of doctoral students and research staff, representing nearly 40 different nationalities, are also present in the labs.


  • Jérôme Baufreton


  • Aude Panatier

    Assistant director

  • Mathieu Wolff

    Assistant director

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    Bordeaux Neurocampus - Centre Broca Nouvelle-Aquitaine
    146 rue Léo Saignat
    33076 Bordeaux CEDEX

    +33 (0)5 33 51 47 92

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  • Julia Goncalves

    GPR Brain_2030 project manager / Scientific Outreach Coordinator

  • Valérie Derouiche

    Administrative & Finance Manager

The department's 9 strategic research fields

  • Cellular biology and development of nervous system cells and synapses
  • Dynamics of neuronal circuits
  • Motor and sensorial systems
  • Addiction and vulnerability, drug addiction
  • Brain, cognition and behaviour
  • Psychiatric pathologies
  • Neurological diseases
  • Nutrition and health
  • Neurotechnologies (development of new technologies for neuroscience)


The Bordeaux Neurocampus department coordinates joint activities (internal communications, seminars, doctoral training, international meetings and outreach activities) and acts as a privileged intermediary between the units and the University of Bordeaux.

Scientific outreach is at the heart of the Bordeaux Neurocampus department. On one hand, by funding and organising scientific events (weekly seminars, symposiums, doctoral research day, yearly international conference, etc.). On the other, by funding projects, to develop or strengthen collaborations in view of obtaining national and international funding.

One University of Bordeaux Major Research Programme (GPR), accredited in spring 2021, is coordinated by Bordeaux Neurocampus:

  • BRAIN_2030 - Bordeaux Région Aquitaine Initiative for the future of Neuroscience coordinated by Daniel Choquet, CNRS researcher at IINS (Institut interdisciplinaire de neurosciences - CNRS & University of  Bordeaux)
    Other research departments are involved: Health sciences and technologies, Biological and medical sciences, Material and light sciences and Engineering and digital sciences

The department is also involved in 2 GPRs:

and 3 Impulsion Research Networks (RRI):

Lastly, the training-research theme is based on the Bordeaux Neurocampus Graduate Programme, including a Master in neuroscience with 5 different courses of study and a doctoral programme. The Bordeaux School of Neuroscience, a training platform focusing on "research through research" and open to the entire international community, rounds out the activities. These two components are headed by Christophe Mulle.

Key figures

  • 6


  • 54

    research teams

  • 750


    (incl. 140 doctoral students)

  • 20

    technological platforms

    (incl. 3 IBISA-certified & 6 University of Bordeaux-certified

Organisation and partners

Departmental units

Ce département est composé de 9 unités.

Unités de recherche :

Unité d'appui à la recherche :

Unité de service :

  • ENB - École des neurosciences (US UBx004 - UBx)



Le comité des directeurs

  • Jérôme Baufreton, directeur du département Bordeaux Neurocampus
  • Marc Auriacombe, directeur de Sanpsy
  • Sandrine Bertrand, directrice de l’Incia
  • Thomas Boraud, directeur de l’IMN
  • Lucile Capuron, directrice de NutriNeuro
  • Daniel Choquet, directeur de l’IINS
  • Christophe Mulle, directeur de l’EUR Neuro
  • Stéphane Oliet, directeur du Neurocentre Magendie
  • Invités : Aude Panatier et Matthieu Wolff, directeurs adjoints

Conseil de département

Il est composé de 28 membres, dont 14 enseignants-chercheurs et chercheurs, 7 personnels BIATSS/ITA, 4 doctorants et post-doctorants et 3 personnalités extérieures.   

  • Jérôme Baufreton, directeur du département (DR2 CNRS, IMN)
  • Unai Alduntzin (doctorant, Magendie)
  • Clémentine Bosch-Bouju (MCU, NutriNeuro)
  • Anna Brachet (CR CNRS, IINS)
  • Franck Burglen (IR CNRS, Magendie)
  • Martine Cador (DR CNRS, INCIA)
  • Ingrid Chamma (CR CNRS, IINS)
  • Benjamin Dehay (CR INSERM, IMN)
  • Aline Desmedt (MCU UB, Magendie)
  • Nadège Dubourdieu (TS UB, Magendie)
  • Xavier Fioramonti (CR INRAE, NutriNeuro)
  • François Georges (DR CNRS, IMN)
  • Laurent Groc (DR CNRS, IINS)
  • Jean-Louis Guillou (PR UB, INCIA)
  • Zoé Jamet (PHD, IINS)
  • Cédric Lopez (IR UB, IINS)
  • Giovanni Marsicano (DR INSERM, Magendie)
  • Frédérique Masmejean (IE CNRS, INCIA)
  • Jean-Arthur Micoulaud (PUPH, Sanpsy)
  • Romuald Nargeot (MCU UB, INCIA)
  • Frédéric Naudet (IE CNRS, IMN)
  • Victor Nozais (doctorant, IMN)
  • Aude Panatier (CR, Magendie)
  • Christel Poujol (IR CNRS, BIC)
  • Alexandra Sere (ADT UB, NutriNeuro)
  • Yacine Tensaouti (doctorant, INCIA)

3 personnalités extérieures complètent ce conseil.


Plateformes labellisées "université de Bordeaux" 

  • Biologie cellulaire – IINS
  • Bordeaux Imaging Center (BIC)
  • Plateforme de Biochimie et Biophysique des protéines (BioProt)
  • Plateforme d’analyse du mouvement (PAM) – Incia
  • Plateforme de Recherche Neuro-Psychopharmacologique (PRNPP) – Sanpsy
  • PUMA (Plateformes Unifiées de Magendie) : bioinformatique, chimie analytique, génotypage, microdissection laser, transcriptome – Neurocentre Magendie

Autres plateformes :

  • Animaleries 
  • Plateforme aquatique – IMN
  • Exploration anatomique et histologique – Neurocentre Magendie
  • Electrophysiologie cellulaire (Phycell) – Incia
  • PIV – IINS / IMN
  • TEP – Incia
  • Vectorologie – IMN
  • ZEMA - Neurocentre Magendie

Graduate Research School

Bordeaux Neurocampus a été lauréat avec son projet EUR Neuro, qui a pour objectif d’installer durablement le site bordelais sur la carte mondiale de la formation en neurosciences via le développement de l’innovation pédagogique et l’ancrage des programmes de formation master/doctorat à l’international. Les 6 laboratoires de recherche sont impliqués. Les principales actions de l’EUR sont :

  • la promotion d’un programme intégré de master/doctorat en neurosciences;
  • l’organisation de formations pratiques à l’École des neurosciences de Bordeaux ;
  • la promotion des partenariats avec le secteur privé et les partenaires académiques ;
  • le développement de l’interdisciplinarité ;
  • le soutien de double-cours médecine/sciences.

Des équipes de Bordeaux Neurocampus sont également associées à l’EUR Light.

Doctoral schools

Plus de 250 doctorants sont inscrits à l'École doctorale des sciences de la vie et de la santé. Parmi eux, environ 120 effectuent leurs travaux de recherche dans les laboratoires de Bordeaux Neurocampus. Bordeaux Neurocampus accueille également des étudiants provenant d'autres écoles doctorales (santé publique, physique...).

Partnerships and supervision

Tutelles principales des unités du département :

  • Bordeaux INP
  • CNRS
  • EPHE
  • Inserm

Les équipes accueillent également du personnel des établissements suivants :

  • CEA
  • Centre Hospitalier Charles Perrens
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Bordeaux
  • Inria


  • Conseil régional Nouvelle Aquitaine
  • Société des Neurosciences
  • Maison du Cerveau
  • Neuroscience Bordeaux Association (NBA - association d’étudiants)
  • FRM Aquitaine
  • FRC Neurodon
  • BIND (Bordeaux Initiative for Neurodegenerative disorders)
  • FHU Talisment
  • Casden Banque Populaire
Localisation associée :

Bordeaux Neurocampus - Centre Broca Nouvelle-Aquitaine
146 rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux CEDEX


Neuroscience, synapse, cellular imaging, electrophysiology, optogenetics, neurotechnologies, behaviour, addiction, neural networks, neurological diseases, sleep, motor systems, memory, stress, pain, hearing system, balance, psychiatric diseases, nutrition, Parkinson's, dementia, Alzheimer's, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, sleep.