Brain development, repair and ageing



Research center

9 Quai Saint-Bernard Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Campus Jussieu, Bâtiments A-B-C
75005 Paris
Michel Labouesse


ED3C 158
Université Pierre et Marie Curie


Biological Adaptation and Ageing
LabEx Biopsy, Udex Super de l'UPMC, DHU FAST


Alzheimer's disease
synaptic development
post-lesion repair
non-invasive brain stimulation


Grehl S, Martina D, Goyenvalle C, Deng ZD, Rodger J, Sherrard RM. In vitro Magnetic Stimulation: A Simple Stimulation Device to Deliver Defined Low Intensity Electromagnetic Fields. Front Neural Circuits. 2016 Nov 3;10:85. 

Vernet-der Garabedian B#, Derer P#, Bailly Y, Mariani J# (2013) Innate immunity in the Grid2Lc/+ mouse model of cerebellar neurodegeneration: glial CD95/CD95L plays a non-apoptotic role in persistent neuron loss-associated inflammatory reactions in the cerebellum J Neuroinflamm.;10:65.

Chen XR Heck N Lohof AM# Rochefort C Morel MP Wehrle R Doulazmi M# Marty S Cannaya V Avci HX# Mariani J# Rondi-Reig L Vodjdani G Sherrard RM# Sotelo C Dusart I (2013) Mature Purkinje cells require RORalpha to maintain climbing fiber mono-innervation and other adult characteristics. J Neurosci. 33(22):9546-62.

Makowiecki K, Harvey AR, Sherrard RM#, Rodger J (2014) Low-Intensity Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Improves Abnormal Visual Cortical Circuit Topography and Upregulates BDNF in Mice. J Neurosci 34:10780-10792

Grehl S#, Viola H, Fuller-Carter PI, Carter KW, Dunlop SA, Hool L, Sherrard RM*#, Rodger J*# (2015) Cellular and molecular changes to cortical neurons following low intensity repetitive magnetic stimulation at different frequencies. Brain Stim 8:114-123 *=co-senior

Cifuentes D, Poittevin M, Dere E#, Broqueres-You, D, Bonnin P, Benessiano J, Pocard M, Mariani J#, Kubis N, Merkulova-Rainon T, Lévy B (2014) Hypertension accelerates the progression of Alzheimer-Like pathology in a mouse model of the disease. Hypertension, (Oct 20)

Fields of research

Neurogenetics / neurodevelopment

Research Theme

BDRA studies mechanisms underlying the development, repair and ageing of the brain, using cerebellar and hippocampal models in vivo and in vitro, to address fundamental biological bases of these phenomena and to explore clinical applications.

The team’s multidisciplinary approach, from molecules to behavior and bench to the clinic, expands the Unit’s research fields into the evolution of accumulating synaptic dysfunction with time and the potential for its repair.

We are studying genes and signaling pathways that allow selective synapse stabilization during olivocerebellar development and promote appropriate post-lesion repair. We also examine the formation, maintenance and disruption of homeostatic synaptic plasticity, which is necessary to maintain functional stability in neural circuits while allowing their flexibility. Finally, we investigate the roles of different proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease to understand early hippocampal synaptic dysfunction during this age-related pathology.

In addition we are applying our understanding of neural circuit function, stability and repair to develop translational approachs. First we are building on our expertise in non-invasive psychomotor and rTMS brain stimulation to optimize maintenance, protection and repair of synaptic circuits in the damaged or ageing brain. Second, we are applying a new complete test of cognitive function, in particular episodic memory, to ageing patients in order to provide earlier diagnosis of cognitive dysfunction, thus allowing early therapeutic intervention.