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Dr. Damien Benis
University of Geneva

After a Master in Biology at University Joseph Fourrier in Grenoble, I was awarded a pHd in Neuroscience in 2014, at the team Cerebral Function and Neuromodulation of the Institut des Neurosciences de Grenoble, under supervision of Julien Bastin and Olivier David. My pHd project was focused on the role of the subthalamic nucleus (STN), a central structure of the basal ganglia, in executive functions, ie processes allowing behavioral flexibility. The methodological approach implemented during this project was based on microrecordings and Local Field Potential recordings performed on Parkinson Disease patients, during the surgery of implantation of deep brain stimulation electrodes, while they performed cognitive tasks designed to dissociate the cognitive processes of interest.

My current project currently in progress at the Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Lab is focused on the role of basal ganglia on affective processes, and more specifically decoding and analyses of acoustic features of emotionnal prosody.

Peer reviewed articles

 

 

2016

 

Benis D, David O, Piallat B, Kibleur A, Goetz L, Bhattacharjee M, Fraix V, Seigneuret E, Krack P, Chabardès S, Bastin J, (2016) Response inhibition rapidly increases single-neuron responses in the subthalamic nucleus of patients with Parkinson's disease, CORTEX , doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2016.09.006.

Julien Bastin, Pierre Deman, Olivier David, Maëlle Gueguen, Damien Benis, Lorella Minotti, Dominique Hoffman, Etienne Combrisson, Jan Kujala, Marcela Perrone-Bertolotti, Philippe Kahane, Jean-Philippe Lachaux and Karim Jerbi. (2016). Direct Recordings from Human Anterior Insula Reveal its Leading Role within the Error-Monitoring Network. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 1–13. http://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhv352
 

 

2014

 

Bastin J, Polosan M, Benis D, Goetz L, Bhattacharjee M, Piallat B, Krainik A, Bougerol T, Chabardes S, David O (2014) Inhibitory control and error monitoring by human subthalamic neurons. Transl Psychiatry 4:e439 Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/tp.2014.73. 
 

 

2013

 

Bastin J., Vidal J. R., Bouvier S., Perrone-Bertolotti M., Benis D., Kahane P., David O., et al. (2013). Temporal components in the parahippocampal place area revealed by human intracerebral recordings. Journal of Neuroscience. 

Benis D., David O., Lachaux J.-P., Seigneuret E., Krack P., Fraix V., Chabardès S., Bastin J., et al. (2013). Subthalamic nucleus activity dissociates proactive and reactive inhibition in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Neuroimage. 
 

 

Oral communications

 

 

2018

 

Damien Benis, Colette Boex, Rémi Tyrand, Shahan Momjian, Walid Bouthour, Paul Krack, Pierre R. Burkhard, Pierre Pollak, Didier Grandjean*, Julie Péron *(2018). ”Single neuron contributions to emotional prosody processing in the parkinsonian subthalamic nucleus”. EWCBR 2018, Villard sur Ollon, Switzerland
 

 

2017

 

Damien Benis, Claire Haegelen, Lucas Tamarit, Valérie Milesi, Jean-François Houvenaghel, Marc Vérin, Paul Sauleau, Didier Grandjean*, Julie Péron* (2017). "Oscillatory correlates of emotional prosody decoding in the subthalamic nucleus of parkinsonian patients". European Winter Conference on Brain Research, Les Arcs, France
 

 

2015

 

Damien Benis, Bruno Millet, Philippe Fossati, Philippe Cornu, Soledad Navarro, Christophe Arbus, Antoine Yrondi, Patrick Chaynes, Jean-Michel Reyman, Florian Naudet, Didier Grandjean, Julie Péron. (2015), "Electrophysiological correlates of emotional prosody recognition in the nucleus accumbens of major and resistant depressive patients". Opto-DBS 2015 meeting, Geneva, Switzerland
 

 

2013

 

• Benis D., David O., Lachaux J.-P., Seigneuret E., Krack P., Fraix V., Chabardès S. and Bastin J. Subthalamic nucleus activity dissociate proactive and reactive inhibition in patients with Parkinson disease. Oral presentation. International Conference on Basic and Clinical multimodal Imaging (BaCI), Geneva, Switzerland, 2013. 
 

 

Posters

 

 

2017

 

Damien Benis, Claire Haegelen, Lucas Tamarit, Valérie Milesi, Jean-François Houvenaghel, Marc Vérin, Paul Sauleau, Didier Grandjean*, Julie Péron* (2017). "Oscillatory correlates of emotional prosody decoding in the subthalamic nucleus of parkinsonian patients", Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting, Champery, Switzerland

Damien Benis, Colette Boex, Rémi Tyrand, Shahan Momjian, Walid Bouthour, Paul Krack, Pierre R. Burkhard, Pierre Pollak, Didier Grandjean*, Julie Péron *(2017). ”Single neuron contributions to emotional prosody processing in the parkinsonian subthalamic nucleus”. Opto-DBS 2017 meeting, Geneva, Switzerland

Damien Benis, Colette Boex, Rémi Tyrand, Shahan Momjian, Walid Bouthour, Paul Krack, Pierre R. Burkhard, Pierre Pollak, Didier Grandjean*, Julie Péron *(2017). ”Single neuron contributions to emotional prosody processing in the parkinsonian subthalamic nucleus”. NCCR Affective Science Phasing-Out, Geneva, Switzerland
 

 

2016

 

Damien Benis, João Flores Alves dos Santos, Shahan Momjian, Karim Ndiaye, Colette Boex, Pierre Burkhard, Luc Mallet, Didier Grandjean*, Julie Péron* (2016). "Effect of Deep Brain Stimulation of the STN of an OCD patient on emotional prosody decoding in a dichotic task", 22nd Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Geneva, Switzerland
 

 

2015

 

Damien Benis*, Julie Péron*, Didier Grandjean, (2015), "Distinct contributions of acoustic parameters in the recognition of emotional prosody", Poster, Congrès annuel de la Société des Neurosciences Françaises, Montpellier, France

Damien Benis*, Julie Péron*, Didier Grandjean. (2015), "Distinct contributions of acoustic parameters in the recognition of emotional prosody". Society for Neurosciences Annual Meeting, Chicago, United States of America

Damien Benis, Bruno Millet, Philippe Fossati, Philippe Cornu, Soledad Navarro, Christophe Arbus, Antoine Yrondi, Patrick Chaynes, Jean-Michel Reyman, Florian Naudet, Didier Grandjean, Julie Péron. (2015), "Electrophysiological correlates of emotional prosody recognition in the nucleus accumbens of major and resistant depressive patients". NCCR Affective Sciences, Site visit, Geneva, Switzerland