Dynamic and Pathophysiology of Neuronal Networks

Main field of research: 

Neurophysiology / systems neuroscience


Synaptic plasticity
Parkinson’s disease
neuronal networks
basal ganglia
GABAergic interneurons

ENP label: 


Research Center / Institute: 

Collège de France

Research Unit Code: 

UMR 7241 - U1050

 Our research is focused on encoding learning and memory in the basal ganglia, a set of subcortical nuclei implicated in the adaptive control of behavior. Reciprocally connected with the cerebral cortex and the limbic system, the basal ganglia participate to the detection of environmental cues and to the selection of appropriate actions based on motivation and expectancy of reward.




Principal Institution: 

Collège de France

Affiliated institutions: 



Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Doctoral School: 



Centre Interdisciplinaire Recherche Biologie

Initiatives d'Excellence: 

LabEx MemoLife


Valtcheva S, Venance L. Astrocytes gate Hebbian synaptic plasticity in the striatum. Nat Commun. 2016 Dec 20;7:13845. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13845. 

Cui Y, Paille V, Xu H, Genet S, Delord B, Fino E, Berry H, Venance L. Endocannabinoids mediate bidirectional striatal spike-timing dependent plasticity. J Physiol. 2015 Apr 15. doi: 10.1113/JP270324.

Paille V#, Fino E#, Du K, Morera-Herreras T##, Perez S#, Hellgren Kotaleski J & Venance L# (2013) GABAergic circuits control spike-timing-dependent plasticity. J Neurosci. 33:9353-9363.

Nelson MJ, Bosch C#, Venance L# & Pouget P (2013) Microscale inhomogeneity of brain tissue distorts electrical signal propagation. J Neurosci. 33(7):2821-7.

Bosch C#, Mailly P, Degos B#, Deniau JM# & Venance L #(2012) Preservation of the hyperdirect pathway of basal ganglia in a rodent brain slice. Neuroscience 215, 31-41.

Evans RC, Morera-Herreras T#, Cui Y#, Du K, Sheehan T, Kotaleski JH, Venance L# & Blackwell KT (2012) The effects of NMDA subunit composition on calcium influx and spike timing-dependent plasticity in striatal medium spiny neurons. PLoS Comput Biol. 8, e1002493.

Puente N, Cui Y#, Lassalle O, Lafourcade M, Georges F, Venance L#*, Grandes P* & Manzoni OJ* (2011) Polymodal activation of the endocannabinoid system in the extended amygdala. Nature Neuroscience 14(12), 1542-7. *: co-senior authors Pandolfo, P, Silveirinha, V, dos Santos-Rodrigues, A, Venance, L#, Ledent, C, Takahashi, RN, Cunha, RA & Köfalvi, A 2011

Cannabinoids inhibit the synaptic uptake of adenosine and dopamine in the rat and mouse striatum?, Eur J Pharmacol. Vol.655(1-3), pp. 38-45.