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Damien Gervasoni


Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Department of Human Biology, Claude Bernard University, 2000

Current position

CNRS Research Scientist, Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, Claude Bernard University, Lyon France


  1. Libourel, P. A., Corneyllie, A., Luppi, P. H., Chouvet, G. and Gervasoni, D. (2015). Unsupervised online classifier in sleep scoring for sleep deprivation studies. Sleep 38(5): 815-828.
  2. Chauveau, F., Laudereau, K., Libourel, P. A., Gervasoni, D., Thomasson, J., Poly, B., Pierard, C. and Beracochea, D. (2014). Ciproxifan improves working memory through increased prefrontal cortex neural activity in sleep-restricted mice. Neuropharmacology 85: 349-356.
  3. Luppi, P. H., Clement, O., Sapin, E., Peyron, C., Gervasoni, D., Leger, L. and Fort, P. (2012). Brainstem mechanisms of paradoxical (REM) sleep generation. Pflugers Arch 463(1): 43-52.
  4. Sirieix, C., Gervasoni, D., Luppi, P. H. and Leger, L. (2012). Role of the lateral paragigantocellular nucleus in the network of paradoxical (REM) sleep: an electrophysiological and anatomical study in the rat. PLoS One 7(1): e28724.
  5. Luppi, P. H., Clement, O., Sapin, E., Gervasoni, D., Peyron, C., Leger, L., Salvert, D. and Fort, P. (2011). The neuronal network responsible for paradoxical sleep and its dysfunctions causing narcolepsy and rapid eye movement (REM) behavior disorder. Sleep Med Rev 15(3): 153-163.
  6. Goutagny, R., Luppi, P. H., Salvert, D., Lapray, D., Gervasoni, D. and Fort, P. (2008). Role of the dorsal paragigantocellular reticular nucleus in paradoxical (rapid eye movement) sleep generation: a combined electrophysiological and anatomical study in the rat. Neuroscience 152(3): 849-857.
  7. Adamantidis, A., Salvert, D., Goutagny, R., Lakaye, B., Gervasoni, D., Grisar, T., Luppi, P. H. and Fort, P. (2008). Sleep architecture of the melanin-concentrating hormone receptor 1-knockout mice. Eur J Neurosci 27(7): 1793-1800.
  8. Pantoja, J., Ribeiro, S., Wiest, M., Soares, E., Gervasoni, D., Lemos, N. A. and Nicolelis, M. A. (2007). Neuronal activity in the primary somatosensory thalamocortical loop is modulated by reward contingency during tactile discrimination. J Neurosci 27(39): 10608-10620.
  9. Ribeiro, S., Shi, X., Engelhard, M., Zhou, Y., Zhang, H., Gervasoni, D., Lin, S. C., Wada, K., Lemos, N. A. and Nicolelis, M. A. (2007). Novel experience induces persistent sleep-dependent plasticity in the cortex but not in the hippocampus. Front Neurosci 1(1): 43-55.
  10. Verret, L., Fort, P., Gervasoni, D., Leger, L. and Luppi, P. H. (2006). Localization of the neurons active during paradoxical (REM) sleep and projecting to the locus coeruleus noradrenergic neurons in the rat. J Comp Neurol 495(5): 573-586.
  11. Lin, S. C., Gervasoni, D. and Nicolelis, M. A. (2006). Fast modulation of prefrontal cortex activity by basal forebrain noncholinergic neuronal ensembles. J Neurophysiol 96(6): 3209-3219.
  12. Luppi, P. H., Gervasoni, D., Verret, L., Goutagny, R., Peyron, C., Salvert, D., Leger, L. and Fort, P. (2006). Paradoxical (REM) sleep genesis: the switch from an aminergic-cholinergic to a GABAergic-glutamatergic hypothesis. J Physiol Paris 100(5-6): 271-283.
  13. Ribeiro, S., Gervasoni, D., Soares, E. S., Zhou, Y., Lin, S. C., Pantoja, J., Lavine, M. and Nicolelis, M. A. (2004). Long-lasting novelty-induced neuronal reverberation during slow-wave sleep in multiple forebrain areas. PLoS Biol 2(1): E24.
  14. Gervasoni, D., Lin, S. C., Ribeiro, S., Soares, E. S., Pantoja, J. and Nicolelis, M. A. (2004). Global forebrain dynamics predict rat behavioral states and their transitions. J Neurosci 24(49): 11137-11147.
  15. Boissard, R., Fort, P., Gervasoni, D., Barbagli, B. and Luppi, P. H. (2003). Localization of the GABAergic and non-GABAergic neurons projecting to the sublaterodorsal nucleus and potentially gating paradoxical sleep onset. Eur J Neurosci 18(6): 1627-1639.
  16. Gervasoni, D., Panconi, E., Henninot, V., Boissard, R., Barbagli, B., Fort, P. and Luppi, P. H. (2002). Effect of chronic treatment with milnacipran on sleep architecture in rats compared with paroxetine and imipramine. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 73(3): 557-563.
  17. Urbain, N., Rentero, N., Gervasoni, D., Renaud, B. and Chouvet, G. (2002). The switch of subthalamic neurons from an irregular to a bursting pattern does not solely depend on their GABAergic inputs in the anesthetic-free rat. J Neurosci 22(19): 8665-8675.
  18. Gervasoni, D., Peyron, C., Rampon, C., Barbagli, B., Chouvet, G., Urbain, N., Fort, P. and Luppi, P. H. (2000). Role and origin of the GABAergic innervation of dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons. J Neurosci 20(11): 4217-4225.
  19. Gervasoni, D., Darracq, L., Fort, P., Souliere, F., Chouvet, G. and Luppi, P. H. (1998). Electrophysiological evidence that noradrenergic neurons of the rat locus coeruleus are tonically inhibited by GABA during sleep. Eur J Neurosci 10(3): 964-970.
Protocols by Damien Gervasoni
  1. A Novel Task for Studying Memory of Occasional Events in Rats