Interdisciplinary Thematic Institute | Neurosciences | Strasbourg

  • NeuroStra is an interdisciplinary thematic institute that brings together neuroscience research laboratories in Strasbourg. Our work is divided into three thematic areas: pain, time and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • NeuroStra offers a unique training programme in a Master's to Doctorate continuum based on three graduate programs corresponding to each of the three areas.
  • NeuroStra's great strength is its interdisciplinarity, which translates into strong interaction with complementary disciplinary fields such as chemistry, economics, linguistics and musicology.

The Institute in figures

Three main research themes

NeuroPain | Nociception and pain

The NeuroPain research axis aims to decipher the complexity of pain and to develop new treatments according to three levels of study

  • understanding the biology and circuits of pain
  • understanding the comorbidities associated with pain
  • improving pain treatments

The Pain Initiative, which brings together 12 NeuroStra teams, is one of the priorities of the University of Strasbourg Foundation's fundraising campaign. In addition, the EURIDOL doctoral school ensures the interface between academic training and research.

NeuroTime | Time in perception and action

The NeuroTime axis studies the fundamental mechanisms of this temporal organisation in the nervous system and the pathological consequences of its disorganisation in order to develop innovative therapies:

  • study of the functional organisation of the nervous system from the millisecond to the year
  • study of temporal disorganisation of the nervous system
  • therapeutic approaches for the temporal reorganisation of the nervous system

NeuroDegen | Neurodegenerative and Neurogenetic Diseases

NeuroDegen laboratories have a long-standing expertise and documented track record in a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal lobe dementia, Huntington's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, as well as rare genetic diseases such as ciliopathies, lysosomal storage disorders, and DNA repair diseases. Understanding the contribution of risk factors such as ageing, genetic variants and environmental conditions is a hallmark of the research made in our laboratories.

Professional training in neuroscience

NeuroStra offers three 5-year training programmes in neuroscience (Master's - PhD) which prepare students for research careers. Each of these graduate programs offers to specialize in one of the three fields where research is strong in Strasbourg: NeuroPain, NeuroTime and NeuroDegen.

EURIDOL | NeuroPain

EURIDOL is a University Research School (EUR) that offers an integrated five-year training programme (Master and PhD) for highly motivated students wishing to work in the field of pain research. Students are enrolled in the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Strasbourg (Unistra), and follow an initial Master's training in neuroscience with specific EURIDOL teaching modules.

Neuro3P | NeuroTime and NeuroDegen

Neuro3P (Physiological, Psychological and Pathological Neurosciences) is a graduate programme which completes the training offer in "pain" (Euridol) with two distinct training courses specialising in "time in perception and action" (NeuroTime) and "neurodegenerative and neurogenetic diseases" (NeuroDegen). The students are enrolled at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Strasbourg (Unistra), and follow an initial Master's degree in neuroscience with specific NeuroTime and NeuroDegen teaching modules.

Doctoneuro | Student association of neurosciences in Strasbourg

NeuroStra supports the association Doctoneuro in its scientific and community activities. Doctoneuro brings together master students, doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers and all other people working in the field of neuroscience. Doctoneuro likes to position itself at the junction between the different actors of the student and professional life to allow the cohesion and the valorisation of the resources of the University of Strasbourg.

Neurex | European Neuroscience Research Network

Neuroscience in the Upper Rhine Valley

NeuroStra is affiliated with the European neuroscience research network Neurex, which brings together 110 laboratories and more than 1,000 researchers from the Universities of Strasbourg (France), Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland).

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