L'université Paul Sabatier



Welcome to the Research Center on Animal Cognition

(CNRS - UPS Research Institute n°5169)



Director : Martin GIURFA

Assistant director : Bernard FRANCES


UMR 5169, Bât IVR3, 118 route de Narbonne F-31062 Toulouse cedex 09

Tél.: +33 5 61 55 67 31, Fax: +33 5 61 55 61 54


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Last Informations


Kevin Richetin reçoit le Prix de thèse de la

Société Française des Neurosciences 2015


Kevin Richetin a reçu le Prix de thèse de la la Société Française des Neurosciences 2015 lors du colloque de la Société qui a eu lieu à Montpellier du 19-22 mai.

Ce prix récompense son travail de doctorat en Neurosciences effectué sous la direction de Claire Rampon dans l'équipe "Mémoire, Vieillissement et Plasticité" du CRCA.

Titre de la thèse: Modulation de la neurogenèse hippocampique adulte et récupération mnésique dans un modèle murin de la maladie d'Alzheimer.


Kevin Richetin





The XII International Congress of Neuroethology (ICN)



Congress website


The next ICN will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2016, from March 30th to April 3rd.


Martin Giurfa, director of the CRCA, will chair the congress together with Jose Luis Pena (Einstein College of Medicine, NY).


The International Society for Neuroethology (ISN) is an academic organization composed of scientists from around the world whose research aims at uncovering the neural mechanisms underlying natural behaviors.





French Society for the Study of

Animal Behavior Young Scientist Award 2015


Aurore Avarguès-Weber's young scientific carrier is promoted through the SFECA 2015 Young Scientist award. The prize will be awarded during the annual conference of the society that will be held in Strasbourg from the 21th to the 23th of April, in which Aurore will present her research.

She worked on honey bees visual cognitive skills in the CRCA during her PhD defended in 2010. She then left to London (Queen Mary University - Prof. Lars Chittka team) for a postdoctoral position on information transfer between individuals in bumblebees. She is currently working back in the CRCA to investigate the neurobiological basis of visual learning in honey bees.

Aurore Avarguès-Weber





Hot From the Press


Schubert M, Sandoz JC, Galizia G, Giurfa M. Odourant dominance in olfactory mixture processing: what makes a strong odourant? Proc Biol Sci. 2015 Mar 7;282(1802). pii: 20142562. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2562


Richetin K, Leclerc C, Toni N, Gallopin T, Pech S, Roybon L, Rampon C.  Genetic manipulation of adult-born hippocampal neurons rescues memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Brain. 2015 Feb;138(Pt 2):440-55. doi: 10.1093/brain/awu354. Epub 2014 Dec 16


Jeanson Raphael, Weidenmüller Anja "Interindividual variability in social insects - proximate causes and ultimate consequences" Biological Reviews, 89(3):671-87


Calovi DS, Lopez U, Schuhmacher P, Chaté H, Sire C, Theraulaz G. Collective response to perturbations in a data-driven fish school model. J R Soc Interface. 2015 Mar 6;12(104):20141362. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2014.1362


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Research Training


Friday 4 September

CIB seminar

Eduardo MORENO

"Cell selection during Ageing, Cancer and Neurobiology"

Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern

11h, salle IBCG

Monday 14 September

Thesis defense

Charlotte BEZZINA

"L’hypersynchronie neuronale chez les souris Tg2576 modèles de la maladie d’Alzheimer et sa modulation par l’enrichissement environnemental"

Monday 28 September

Thesis defense

Constance BOITARD

"Identification des réseaux neurobiologiques impliqués dans les apprentissages ambigus, chez l'abeille Apis mellifera"

14h, amphi Concorde, bâtiment U4

Tuesday 24 November

4ième Rencontre FRBT

Centre de congrès Paul Riquet-Purpan




French version



Neuroscience Network


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