Laboratory of Cognitive and Adaptive Neuroscience (LNCA) | UMR7364 Director: Jean-Christophe Cassel
André Dufour is a professor of cognitive neuroscience and statistics. He studies changes in the perception of pain during aging. These research projects focus in particular on the alteration of nociceptive fibers in the elderly. For this, he uses sensory quantification techniques and electrophysiological measurements.
LNCA Website of Team "Neuropsychology and Neurophysiology of Aging"
Katia Befort is a CNRS research fellow, her team is interested in the behavioural and molecular adaptations, including epigenetics, that occur in addictive behaviours. The team studies the long-term effects of psychostimulants (cocaine), analgesic drugs (opioids and cannabinoids), or natural rewards (sugar, fat) in brain reward related circuits. Compulsive consumptions (intake of alcohol, sugary and fatty food) are particularly impaired in patients suffering from chronic pain. The team therefore seeks to deepen its knowledge on the mechanisms involved in addictive behaviours in pain conditions.
LNCA Website of Team "Abuse of Drugs and Neuroadaptations"