Biographie

Date of birth: September 30, 1952. Citizenship: Swiss.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biology (Ph.D.), University of California at San Diego, (Advisors: Drs Floyd E. Bloom and Silvio Varon) (1982)

Doctorat en Médecine (M.D.), University of Geneva (1979)

Diplôme Fédéral de Médecin, University of Geneva - Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (1977)

Maturité Fédérale Type A (Classical studies) (1970)

Main positions held

Professor and Co-Director, Brain Mind Institute, Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne (Joint appointment with UNIL-CHUV) (May 2005)

Professor and Director, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, University of Lausanne Medical School and Hospitals (UNIL-CHUV) (Joint appointment with EPFL) (July 2004)

Co-Chairman, Department of Physiology (September 2001)

University of Lausanne Medical School (September 2004)

Vice-Dean for Preclinical Departments, University of Lausanne Medical School (September 1996-August 2000)

Professor of Physiology (December 1988)

University of Lausanne Medical School (December 2004)

Main functions occupied

Member, Conseil national de la recherche (Scientific Council) Swiss National Science Foundation (2004)

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Centre d'Imagerie Biomédicale (CIBM), an Imaging Consortium of the Universities, University Hospitals of Lausanne and Geneva and of Ecole Polytechnique Fédéerale de Lausanne (2002-2006)

Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of CIBM (2007)

President, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) (2002-2004)

President, Swiss Society for Neuroscience (1997-1999)

Associate Editor, Brain Research Reviews (1993-2002)

Editor, Brain Research Reviews (2002-2004)

Vice Chairman, European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) (2002)

Chairman, Council of Scientists, Human Frontier Science Program (2001-2002)

Member : Board of Trustees, Human Frontier Science Program (2003)

Other positions held

Professor (as part of Universities of Geneva and Lausanne collaboration), Department of Psychiatry, University of Geneva Medical School (September 2002)

Interim Chairman, Department of Cell Biology and Morphology, University of Lausanne Medical School (May 2000-August 2001)

Chairman, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, University of Lausanne (May 1996-June 1998)

Head, Neurological Research Laboratory (Departments of Neurology and Physiology) (January 1995)

Visiting Adjunct member, The Scripps Research Foundation, Department of Neuropharmacology , La Jolla, California (October 1991-October 1993)

Recipient of a Career Development Award from Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique (Program START: Swiss Talents for Academic Research and Teaching) (January 1987- November 1988)

Chargé de Recherche, Department of Pharmacology, University of Geneva (November 1987)

Visiting Investigator, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, California (April 1988)

Privat-Docent, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva (August 1986)

Maître-Assistant, Department of Pharmacology, University of Geneva (October 1982)

Graduate Student, A.V. Davis Center for Behavioral Neurobiology (September 1979)

The Salk Institute and Department of Biology UCSD, San Diego (September 1982)

Assistant, Department of Pharmacology, University of Geneva (October 1977)

Main honours and awards

Recipient of the Theodore-Ott Prize of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (1997)

Elected Member of Academia Europaea (2001)

Recipient of the Emil Kraepelin Guest Professor ship, Max Planck Institute für Psychiatry, Münich (2002)

Elected Member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, ad personam (2002)

Elected Professor at Collège de France, Paris, International Chair (2007-2008)