Pierre Magistretti


Pierre J. Magistretti is an internationally-recognized neuroscientist who has made significant contributions in the field of brain energy metabolism. His group has discovered some of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the coupling between neuronal activity and energy consumption by the brain.

This work has considerable ramifications for the understanding of the origin of the signals detected with the current functional brain imaging techniques used in neurological and psychiatric research (see for example Magistretti et al, Science, 283: 496 – 497, 1999). He is the author of over 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

He has given over 80 invited lectures at international meetings or at universities in Europe and North America, including the 2000 Talairach Lecture at the “Functional Mapping of the Human Brain Conference”. In November 2000 he has been a “Mc Donnel Visiting Scholar” at Washington University School of Medicine.

Pierre J. Magistretti is the President-Elect (2002 – 2004) of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) which has a membership of over 15000 European neuroscientists. He has been first president of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience (1997-1999) and the first Chairman of the Department of Neurosciences of the University of Lausanne (1996 – 1998).

Pierre J. Magistretti is Professor of Physiology (since 1988) at the University of Lausanne Medical School. He has been Vice-Dean of the University of Lausanne Medical School from 1996 to 2000. Pierre Magistretti, is Director of the Brain Mind Institute at EPFL and Director of the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience of the University of Lausanne and CHUV. He is also Director of the NCCR SYNAPSY "the synaptic bases of mental diseases".



• 1988-2004 Professor of Physiology, University of Lausanne Medical School

• 1996-2000 Vice-Dean for Preclinical Departments, University of Lausanne Medical School

• 2001-2004 Chairman, Department of Physiology, University of Lausanne Medical School

• 2004-present Professor and Director, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, University of Lausanne Medical School and Hospitals (UNIL-CHUV) (Joint appointment with EPFL)

• 2005-2008 Professor and Co-Director, Brain Mind Institute, Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne (Joint appointment with UNIL-CHUV)

• 2007-present Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Centre d’Imagerie Biomédicale (CIBM), an Imaging Consortium of the Universities, University Hospitals of Lausanne and Geneva and of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

• 2008-present Professor and Director, Brain Mind Institute, Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne Joint appointment with UNIL-CHUV)

• 2010-present Director, National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR)

“The synaptic bases of mental diseases” of the Swiss National Science Foundation

• 2010-present Secretary General, International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)


• 1997 Recipient of the Theodore-Ott Prize of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences

• 2001 Elected Member of Academia Europaea

• 2001 Elected Member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, ad personam

• 2002 Recipient of the Emil Kraepelin Guest Professorship, Max Planck Institute für Psychiatry, Münich

• 2006 Elected Professor at Collège de France, Paris, International Chair 2007-2008

• 2009 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship, Canadian Psychological Association

• 2011 Camillo Golgi Medal Award, Golgi Fondation

• 2011 Elected Member of the American College of NeuroPsychopharmacology (ACNP)

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