Director: François Chollet

Assistant director: Yves Trotter

The Institut des Sciences du Cerveau (Institute for Brain Sciences) of Toulouse, set up in January 2000, is devoted to Integrative Neuroscience research in humans. The Neurosciences that ISCT intends to develop will be the result of close cooperation among various disciplines such as neuropsychology, linguistics, clinical neurology, pharmacology, integrative neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, cerebral haemodynamics and the biology of brain development.

These disciplines, some of which have been interacting for a long time within the scientific community of Toulouse, are structured around a common approach based on theoretical, methodological and technical exchanges. The Institut des Sciences du Cerveau thus forms a true research network consecrated to helping these disciplines to work in synergy.

One of the ISCT ambitions is to bring about a complementary association between fundamental research and research with more finalized aims. In such a context, a diversity of brain functions (language, motor function, sight...) are studied through multiple methodologies requiring both clinical and therapeutic approaches and experiments on healthy human beings, patients and animals

The main aim of the six teams making up ISCT is the federation and mutual exchange know-how and tools with a view to creating or reinforcing:

  • a common research platform to strengthen transversal, inter-laboratory scientific exchanges,
  • a common platform of design means and tools to strengthen transversal, inter-laboratory exchanges in methodology,
  • a common set of training and public awareness actions,
  • a common policy for giving added value to research.

The recent acquisition of a 3T MRI mainly dedicated to research activities has considerably augmented the potential of the technical facilities available to the scientific community of IFR96. The whole, forming a technical system for functional imaging in vivo dedicated to the neurosciences, is organized at the Baudot Neurocampus, which resulted from the refurbishing of the old Baudot wing. It has provided ISCT with some of the most advanced investigation facilities in Europe.
Research at IFR96 also attaches importance to theoretical approaches as the mathematical and computing tools are developed both to model the functions studied and to respond to the various practical problems of signal processing