People

Yehezkel Ben-Ari

Yehezkel Ben-Ari, PhD

President and Co-founder

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Denis Ravel

Denis Ravel, PhD

Development Director

Diana Ferrari

Diana Ferrari, PhD

Senior Researcher and Project Manager

Robin Cloarec

Robin Cloarec, PhD

Researcher

Amandine Dufour

Amandine Dufour, PhD

Researcher


Camille Dumon

Camille Dumon, PhD

Researcher

Laurie-Anne Gouty-Colomer

Laurie-Anne Gouty-Colomer, PhD

Researcher

Sanaz Eftekhari

Sanaz Eftekhari, PhD

Researcher

Hamed Rabiei, PhD

Hamed Rabiei, PhD

Researcher

Baptiste Riffault

Baptiste Riffault, PhD

Researcher


Anice Moumen, PhD

Anice Moumen, PhD

Lab Manager

Rahima Ahamada

Rahima Ahamada

Technician

Maxime Billon-Grand

Maxime Billon-Grand

Senior Technician

Morgane Chiesa

Morgane Chiesa, PhD

Junior Researcher

Amandine Fernandez

Amandine Fernandez, PhD

Junior Researcher


Magali Conesa

Magali Conesa, PhD

Administrative Manager

Anaïs Lemineur

Anaïs Lemineur

Task Officer

Elise Gauthier

Elise Gauthier

Communication Officer

Yehezkel Ben-Ari

Yehezkel Ben-Ari, PhD

President, Acting Chief executive Officer and Co-founder

Physiologist and biophysicist, Yehezkel Ben-Ari (YBA) has made many seminal discoveries on brain developmental sequences, infantile and adult epilepsies, the mechanisms of migration disorders and anoxic insults etc. These include the excitatory /inhibitory shift of GABA actions during brain development, the excitatory actions of GABA in epilepsies and other brain disorders, the formation of aberrant synapses in the epileptic brain, the maturation of neuronal and network activities and associated sequences. Author of 500 publications and amongst the highest quoted neuroscientists, Yehezkel Ben-Ari has received many prizes including the US and European Epilepsy research highest prizes and the INSERM 2009 Biomedical prize for his contributions to brain development. He has directed an INSERM unit for over 20 years, founded INMED and directed it since its foundation until September 2011. Yehezkel Ben-Ari has recently suggested two major concepts including the “check point“ and “Neuroarcheology” concepts that suggest that neuronal activity controls the correct implementation of developmental sequences and a failed implementation of the program leads to delayed maturation of electrical properties of misplaced and misconnected neurons that in an adult brain will conserve immature features. This paves the way to novel therapeutic strategies based on the use of agents that specifically block immature channels and transporters. This strategy has been used successfully with our diuretic approach to treat ASD and epilepsies.


Eric Lemonnier

Eric Lemonnier, MD, PhD

Co-founder

Eric Lemonnier is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University Hospital in Brest, and is the head of the Research Center for Autism of Brittany. Dr. Lemonnier earned his Ph.D. in Paris in 1993 with the silver medal of the University of Port Royal, Paris, as well as his DEA in neuroscience. Before the opening of the Research Center for Autism of Brittany, to which he contributed to its creation, Dr. Lemmonier worked first as a psychiatrist at La Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, and then as a general child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University Hospital in Brest. Dr. Lemonnier created a national newspaper for doctors and doctors to be “Internes et chefs”. Dr. Lemonnier has authored numerous publications in books and scientific journals, and has co-authored a patent with Dr. Y. Ben-Ari.


Nouchine Hadjikhani

Nouchine Hadjikhani, MD, PhD

Co-founder

Dr. Hadjikhani is an Associate Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and has more than 15 years of experience in brain imaging, with more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She graduated from Medical School in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1992, and pursued her post-doctoral career at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and then at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston. She has been doing research on autism since 2000, using brain imaging and other behavioral measures such as eye-tracking. In 2006, she was the recipient of a Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship.


Dennis W. Choi, MD, PhD

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Dr. Dennis W. Choi


Andy Gyenes, MS

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Andy Gyenes


› Pasko Rakic

Duberg Professor of Neurobiology and Neurology Chairman, Department of Neurobiology, Yale University Director, Kavli Institute of Neuroscience, Yale University

› David Amaral

Distinguished Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Director of Research, UC Davis MIND Institute

› Catherine Barthelemy, MD

Professeur des Universites, Praticien hospitalier Universite Francois-Rabelais, Tours, France

› Rutger J. van der Gaag, MD

University Medical Centre Nijmegen St. Radboud, Department of Psychiatry, Nijmegen University Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

› Patrick Bolton, MD

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry King’s College London, University of London

Yehezkel Ben-Ari

Yehezkel Ben-Ari, PhD

President, Acting Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

Physiologist and biophysicist, Yehezkel Ben-Ari (YBA) has made many seminal discoveries on brain developmental sequences, infantile and adult epilepsies, the mechanisms of migration disorders and anoxic insults etc. These include the excitatory /inhibitory shift of GABA actions during brain development, the excitatory actions of GABA in epilepsies and other brain disorders, the formation of aberrant synapses in the epileptic brain, the maturation of neuronal and network activities and associated sequences. Author of 500 publications and amongst the highest quoted neuroscientists, Yehezkel Ben-Ari has received many prizes including the US and European Epilepsy research highest prizes and the INSERM 2009 Biomedical prize for his contributions to brain development. He has directed an INSERM unit for over 20 years, founded INMED and directed it since its foundation until September 2011. Yehezkel Ben-Ari has recently suggested two major concepts including the “check point“ and “Neuroarcheology” concepts that suggest that neuronal activity controls the correct implementation of developmental sequences and a failed implementation of the program leads to delayed maturation of electrical properties of misplaced and misconnected neurons that in an adult brain will conserve immature features. This paves the way to novel therapeutic strategies based on the use of agents that specifically block immature channels and transporters. This strategy has been used successfully with our diuretic approach to treat ASD and epilepsies.


Eric Lemonnier

› Eric Lemonnier, MD, PhD

Co-founder

Eric Lemonnier is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University Hospital in Brest, and is the head of the Research Center for Autism of Brittany. Dr. Lemonnier earned his Ph.D. in Paris in 1993 with the silver medal of the University of Port Royal, Paris, as well as his DEA in neuroscience. Before the opening of the Research Center for Autism of Brittany, to which he contributed to its creation, Dr. Lemmonier worked first as a psychiatrist at La Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, and then as a general child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University Hospital in Brest. Dr. Lemonnier created a national newspaper for doctors and doctors to be “Internes et chefs”. Dr. Lemonnier has authored numerous publications in books and scientific journals, and has co-authored a patent with Dr. Y. Ben-Ari.


Nouchine Hadjikhani

› Nouchine Hadjikhani, MD, PhD

Co-founder

Dr. Hadjikhani is an Associate Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and has more than 15 years of experience in brain imaging, with more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She graduated from Medical School in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1992, and pursued her post-doctoral career at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and then at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Boston. She has been doing research on autism since 2000, using brain imaging and other behavioral measures such as eye-tracking. In 2006, she was the recipient of a Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship.