“For a long time, psychiatric illnesses were defined, as opposed to neurological illnesses, by the absence of brain damage. But recent advances in imaging show that it is not that simple. Yann Verdo publishes a very interesting article on this subject in Les Echos (in French).

Neuroimaging is definitely a strong area of research in psychiatry. The “Bipolar Imaging & Disorders” project, for example, led by Dr. Camille Piguet, illustrates the Foundation’s interest in this approach: it aims to study a large sample of MRI patients in Geneva and Paris to identify subtypes of bipolar disorders. Different criteria are studied, such as the stress level in childhood for example. Thanks to neuroimaging, several significant correlations between brain structures and clinical evolution are being identified.

Other programs based on this tremendous potential to test clinical applications have been selected: a “neurofeedback” project to improve residual symptoms in mood disorders in particular is at the forefront in this area, it needs funding in order to be able to begin.
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