The Ion Channel and Synaptic Neurobiology Laboratory or UNIS (INSERM - Aix-Marseille University, UMR_S 1072) is located on the north campus of the Marseille medical school. The staff include 35 research scientists, technicians, post-doctoral researchers and students.
Our research focuses on the role of ion channels in neuronal signaling, plasticity and diseases of the nervous system.
Group 1 (O. El Far) is studying the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release and it's calcium sensitivity.
Group 2 (D Debanne) is aiming at understanding the mechanisms of induction and expression of the plasticity of intrinsic excitability in hippocampal and neocortical neurones.
Group 3 (J. M. Goaillard) is analyzing the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underie the robustness of neuronal firing in the substantia nigra.
The Biomarkers and Diagnostics platform (M Seagar) is aiming at identifying molecular markers for the diagnosis and prognosis of neurological and psychiatric disease and providing routine serological assays for the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases of the nervous system.