Since its creation, the Fondation IPSEN tracks progress in Neuroscience research with the continuing aim of highlighting fundamental advances. This field is annualy highlighted through the organization of a “Médecine & Research” meeting, hold in Paris, and the award of the Neuronal Plasticity Prise to three prominent neuroscientists.

Médecine & Recherche Meetings

Over the past few decades, neuroscience has become one of the major fields of science, gathering knowledge from all aspects of biology – from molecular biology all the way through to the most integrated aspects of life.

The field is growing spectacularly and may well hold the key to understanding the real nature of mental processes and diseases, and hence to the creation of new treatments. Deploying all its expertise to support the progress in knowledge in neuroscience, la Fondation IPSEN hosts meetings in the most promising areas of research, from microRNA and stem cells through to consciousness and the neurobiology of human values.

The series of Colloques Médecine & Recherche in neuroscience, all of which have been published as reports (some of them are available online in open access below), are proof of the Fondation IPSEN’s commitment to this field.


  • Genome Editing in Neurosciences
    Paris (France), April 22, 2016- free ebook / Video
  • Micro-, meso-, macro dynamics of the brain
    Paris (France), April 13, 2015 – free ebook
  • Micro-, meso- and macro-connectomics to the brain
    Paris (France), May 5, 2014 – free ebook
  • New frontiers in social neuroscience
    Paris (France), April 22, 2013
  • Programmed cells: from basic neuroscience to therapy
    Paris (France), April 2, 2012
  • Epigenetics, brain and behavior
    Paris (France), April 18, 2011
  • Characterizing consciousness: from cognition to the clinic?
    Paris (France), May 3, 2010
  • Macro-roles for microRNAs in the life and death of neurons
    Paris (France), April 20, 2009
  • Neurobiology of “Umwelt” : how living beings perceive the world
    Paris (France), February 18, 2008
  • Retrotransposition, diversity and the brain
    Paris (France), March 12, 2007
  • Memories : molecules and circuits
    Paris (France), April 24, 2006
  • Neurobiology of human values
    Paris (France), January 24, 2005
  • Stem cells in the nervous system: function and clinical implications
    Paris (France), January 20, 2003
  • Neurosciences at the post-genomic era
    Paris (France), December 3, 2001
  • Neuronal death: by accident or by design 
    Paris (France), October 9, 2000
  • Neuroimmune interactions and neuropsychiatric diseases
    Paris (France), October 5, 1998

  • Neuroplasticity: building a bridge from the laboratory to the clinic
    Paris (France), October 6, 1997
  • Normal and abnormal development of the cortex
    Paris (France), October 16, 1996
  • Isolation, characterization and utilization of CNS stem cells
    Paris (France),  September 18, 1995
  • Neurobiology of decision-making
    Paris (France),  October 24, 1994
  • Temporal coding
    Paris (France),  October 11, 1993
  • Motor and cognitive functions of the prefrontal cortex
    Paris (France),  November 23, 1992
  • Gene transfer and therapy in the nervous system
    Paris (France), September 23, 1991
  • Glutamate, cell death and memory
    Paris (France), September 24, 1990


Neuronal Plasticity Prize (1990-2016)

La Fondation IPSEN awards an international prize in the field of Neuronal Plasticity, always hoeld during important meetings in Neurosciences (FENS, French Neuroscience Society).

The international jury is alternatively led by Jean-Pierre Changeux (Paris, France), Joël Bockaert (Montpellier, France), Wolf Singer (Frankfurt, Germany), Nikos Logothetis (Tubingen, Germany) and composed by: Joël Bockaert (Montpellier, France), Alexis Brice (Paris, France), Yves Christen (Paris, France), Stanislas Dehaene (Orsay, France), Stephen Dunnett (Cardiff, UK), Kjell Fuxe (Stockholm, Sweden), Fred Gage (La Jolla, USA), Ann Graybiel (Cambridge, USA) and Wolf Singer (Frankfurt, Germany).


  • 2016 Pierre Magistretti (EPFL, Switzerland), David Altwell (University College London, UK) et Marcus Raichle (Washington University School of Medicine, USA) 

  • 2015 Mark Bear (Cambridge, USA), David Porteous (Edinburgh, UK), Thomas Bourgeron (Paris, France) 
    Genes, Synapses and Psychiatric Disorders 

  • 2014  Barry J. Everitt (Cambridge, UK)George F. Koob (La Jolla, USA)Michel Le Moal (Bordeaux, France)
    Neuropsychology of drug addiction 

  • 2013 Tim V.P. Bliss (London, UK), Richard G.M. Morris (Edinburgh, UK), Yadin Dudai (Rehovot, Israel)
    Mechanisms of memory 

  • 2012 Catherine Dulac (Cambridge, USA), Michael Meaney (Montreal, Canada), J. David Sweatt (Birmingham, USA)
    Epigenetics and brain function 

  • 2011 Helen Neuville (Eugene, USA), Isabelle Peretz (Montreal, Canada), Robert Zatorre (Montreal, Canada)
    Music and brain plasticity 

  • 2010 Thomas Insel (Bethesda, USA), Bruce S. McEwen (New York, USA), Donald Pfaff (New York, USA)
    Neuroendocrine control of behavior 

  • 2009 Alim Louis Benabid (Grenoble, France), Apostolos Georgopoulos (Minneapolis, USA), Miguel Nicolelis (Durham, USA)
    Brain-Machine interaction 

  • 2008 Jean-Pierre Changeux (Paris, France), Peter W. Kalivas (Charleston, USA), Eric J. Nestler (Dallas, USA) 
    Molecular targets of drugs abuse 
  • 2007 Nikos K. Logothetis (Tübingen, Germany), Giacomo Rizzolatti (Parma, Italy), Keiji Tanaka (Wako, Japan) 
    Neurophysiology of cognition 
  • 2006 Eckart Gundelfinger (Magdeburg, Germany), Mary Kennedy (Pasadena, USA), Morgan Sheng (Cambridge, USA) 
    Synapse protein complexes in neuronal plasticity 
  • 2005 Ann Graybiel (Cambridge, USA), Trevor Robbins (Cambridge, UK), Wolfram Schultz (Cambridge, UK) 
    Motivation and associative learning 
  • 2004 James Gusella (Boston, USA), Jean-Louis Mandel (Strasbourg, France), Huda Zoghbi (Houston, USA)
    Triplet diseases and neuronal plasticity 
  • 2003 François Clarac (Marseille, France), Sten Grillner (Stockholm, Sweden), Serge Rossignol (Montreal, Canada) 
    Motor control 
  • 2002 Arturo Alvarez-Buylla (San Francisco, USA), Ronald McKay (Bethesda, USA), Samuel Weiss (Calgary, Canada) 
    Stem cells in the central nervous system
  • 2001 Albert Galaburda (Boston, USA), John Morton (London, UK), Elizabeth Spelke (Cambridge, USA) 
    Psychological development in children
  • 2000 Tomas Hökfelt (Stockholm, Sweden), Lars Olson (Stockholm, Sweden), Lars Terenius (Stockholm, Sweden) 
    Neuromodulation in neuronal plasticity
  • 1999 Masakazu Konishi (Pasadena, USA), Peter Marler (Davis, USA), Fernando Nottebohm (Millbrook, USA) 
    Animal models
  • 1998 Heinrich Betz (Frankfurt, Germany), Gerald Fischbach (Boston, USA), Uel McMahan (Stanford, USA) 
    Formation of synapses at the molecular level
  • 1997 Antonio Damasio (Iowa City, USA), Richard Frackowiak (London, UK), Michael Merzenich (San Francisco, USA) 
    Brain maps and their plasticity
  • 1996 Friedrich Bonhoeffer (Tübingen, Germany) Corey Goodman (Berkeley, USA), Marc Tessier-Lavigne (San Francisco, USA) 
    Axonal guidance
  • 1995 Jacques Melher (Paris, France), Brenda Milner (Montreal, Canada), Mortimer Mishkin (Bethesda, USA) 
    Cognitive processes in humans and primates
  • 1994 Mariano Baarbacid (Princeton, USA), Yves-Alain Barde (Planegg-Martinsried, Germany), Hans Thoenen (Planegg-Martinsried, Germany) 
    Neurotrophic factors
  • 1993 Per Andersen (Oslo, Norway), Masao Ito (Wako Saitama, Japan), Constantino Sotelo (Paris, France) 
    Neuronal plasticity at the synaptic level in the hippocampus and the cerebellum
  • 1992 Philippe Ascher (Paris, France), Kjell Fuxe (Stockholm, Sweden), Terje LØmo (Oslo, Norway) 
    Interactions at the receptors level
  • 1991 Ursula Bellugi (La Jolla, USA), Wolf Singer (Frankfurt, Germany), Torsten Wiesel (New York, USA)
    Plasticity in the visual system
  • 1990 Albert Aguayo (Montreal, Canada), Anders Bjorklund (Lund, Sweden), Fred Gage (La Jolla, USA) 
    Neuronal grafting

* The international jury in charge of awarding the prize is not expecting any application: laureates are selected on the basis of either their main achievements throughout their career, or in recognition of a particularly important work. 


Neuropsychology Prize (J.-L. Signoret Prize, 1992-2013)

This prize, dedicated to Pr. Jean-Louis Signoret (1933-1991), neurologist at Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, recognizes the author of a particularly important piece of research in the field of behavioral neurology published recently.

The international jury led by Albert Galaburda (Boston, USA) is composed by : Jocelyne Bachevalier (Atlanta, USA), Laurent Cohen (Paris, France), Branch Coslett (Philadelphia, USA), Richard Frackowiak (Lausanne, Switzerland), Didier Hannequin (Rouen, France), Kenneth Heilman (Gainesville, USA), Bernard Laurent (Saint-Etienne, France), Kimford Meador (Atlanta, USA), Michel Poncet (Marseille, France) and Donald Stuss (Toronto, Canada). 


  • 2013 Jean Decety (Chicago, USA)
    Neuropsychology of empathy 
  • 2012 Cathy Prize (London, UK)
    Reading and writing 
  • 2011 Patricia Kuhl (University of Washington, Seattle, USA)
    Neurocognitive development
  • 2010 Giacomo Rizzolatti (Parma, Italy)
    Cortical physiology 
  • 2009 Pierre Maquet (Liège, Belgium)
    Sleep and cognition
  • 2008 Elizabeth Warrington (London, UK)
    Semantic knowledge
  • 2007 Alvaro Pascual Leone (Boston, USA)
    Plasticity and rehabilitation.
  • 2006 Faraneh Vargha-Khadem (London, UK)
    Genetics and behavior
  • 2004 Antonio and Hanna Damasio (Iowa City, USA)
    Social cognition
  • 2003 Uta Frith (London, UK)
    Neurocognitive development
  • 2002 Deepak Pandya (Boston, USA)
    Cognitive neuroanatomy
  • 2005 Marc Jeannerod (Lyon, France)
    Motor control
  • 2001 Stanislas Dehaene (Orsay, France)
    Mathematics and the brain
  • 2000 Joaquim Fuster (Los Angeles, USA)
    Executive functions
  • 1999 Joseph LeDoux (New York, USA)
  • 1998 Eduardo Bisiach (Turino, Italy)
  • 1997 Jean-Pierre Changeux (Paris, France)
    Biology of cognition
  • 1996 Alfonso Caramazza (Cambridge, USA)
    Language and the brain
  • 1995 Stephen Kosslyn (Cambridge, USA)
    Vision and cognition
  • 1994 Rodolfo Llinas (New York, USA)
  • 1993 Jacques Paillard (Marseille, France)
  • 1992 Eric Kandel (Boston, USA)

* The international jury in charge of awarding the prize is not expecting any application: laureates are selected on the basis of either their main achievements throughout their career, or in recognition of a particularly important work.