The institute


Integrating academic and clinical approaches

The Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes (INS, UMR1106) is a multidisciplinary research institute of Inserm and Aix-Marseille University located on La Timone Campus in Marseille. INS core faculty is composed of members of academic (Faculty) and clinical (APHM) institutions, as well as Inserm and CNRS researchers. The INS research has been developed around a common concept, the dynamic brain, integrating experimental, theoretical and clinical approaches towards the understanding of brain function and dysfunction.



INS houses a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities of brain research, which includes the MEG facility, the TMS-EEG facility with a Brain Navigation system, various electrophysiology laboratories, an epileptic patient unit, and the Virtual Brain platform. INS researchers perform research across species ranging from the rodent, through the monkey to the human brain to uncover the mechanisms underlying the functioning of the healthy brain and its disorders, notably epilepsy as the paradigmatic dynamic brain disease. The INS research is based on both traditional approaches, as well as novel approaches that carry a high-risk, but promise a high-impact (see for instance the projects EpiMonk and Virtual Brain). Such innovative projects can only be realized within a unique environment as offered by INS, in which many and distinct competencies ranging from Applied Mathematics through structural/functional brain imaging to Clinical Epilepsy are assembled in the same unit.

INS is strongly supported by both the academic (Medical Faculty) and clinical (APHM) institutions on La Timone Campus.


Making a donation

Your generosity will help these research scientists to progress knowledge in neuroscience and brain function, to fight against diseases such as epilepsy, and to develop new therapeutical strategies.

Your donations will be paid in full to the research laboratory or to a given team (no running costs and exemption for Inserm from gift tax, pursuant to Article 795-2° of the French General Tax Code). Please fill the form (70.5 ko) and do not forget to specify if your donation concerns a given team or the whole laboratory.

Any gift by cheque should be made out to Monsieur l’Agent Comptable Principal de l’Inserm.

You should send all these documents to:
Monsieur l’Agent Comptable Principal (Chief Accountant)
101, rue de Tolbiac
75654 Paris Cedex 13



INS publication | From context to cortex: to the discovery of social neurons

Posted by on Jun 08, 2017 in News | Comments Off

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Epilepsy in focus in Marseille

Posted by on Feb 09, 2017 in News | Comments Off

In France, 700 000 people have to deal with epilepsy on a daily basis; an interview of Pr Fabrice Bartolomei from INS – Hôpital de La Timone AP-HM, head of the Clinical Neurophysiology department. Click HERE to read the La Provence article from the February 6th 2017...

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The MEG platform in the news

Posted by on Jan 02, 2017 in News | Comments Off

article ILCB la Marseillaise

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A virtual brain helps decrypt epilepsy

Posted by on Aug 02, 2016 in News | Comments Off

  Researchers at CNRS, INSERM, Aix-Marseille University and AP-HM have just created a virtual brain that can reconstitute the brain of a person affected by epilepsy for the first time. From this work we understand better how the disease works and can also better prepare for surgery. These results are published in Neuroimage, on July 28, 2016.   Click HERE to view the official french video of Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Marseille Worldwide, one percent of the population suffers from epilepsy. The disease affects individuals...

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New INS Phone Directory

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in News | Comments Off

nouveaux TELEPHONES U1106

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