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Presentation of the Neurosciences and Cognition Doctoral School

The Neurosciences and Cognition Doctoral School (ED NSCo) is one of only two doctoral schools in France dedicated solely to studying the brain and its functions. It gathers together those members of Lyon’s scientific community who specialize in the neurosciences, with a particular focus on integrative and cognitive neurosciences. Its objective is to offer PhD students top-quality training through research projects and to assist them in preparing their professional careers.

Backed by the activities of 30 research teams (most of which are accredited by the CNRS and INSERM), the Neurosciences and Cognition Doctoral School offers a particularly rich, research-friendly environment ideal for neuroscientific research.

The scientific approach of the doctoral school is focused mainly on understanding normal, as well as abnormal brain function. Deregulation may result from lesions (e.g. stroke, accidents…), neurological disorders (e.g. epilepsy, chronic pain....), neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Parkinson's disease) or psychiatric disorders (e.g. schizophrenia).

ED NSCo is one of the 17 doctoral schools affiliated to the Université de Lyon. It also benefits from the scientific resources and networks of its two partner universities, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and Université Lumière Lyon 2 as well as its partnership with the CORTEX LabEx (Laboratory of Excellence). This network allows the school to ensure the training of its PhD students in the very best conditions.

In October 2017 the ED NESCo published its Internal Rules [PDF - 179 Ko]. This contains a wealth of information regarding preparing and defending a thesis, cross-discipline training, the PhD supervisory committee etc. Consult it now!


The doctoral school NSCo is home to:

  • 140 PhD students
  • 140 accredited research directors
  • An average of 35 theses defended each year, on average
  • 7 laboratories
  • 30 host research teams
  • Over 500 persons active in the field of neuroscience research within the Lyon – Saint-Etienne area

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