Elie Poncet, specialized in cognitive neuroscience

Phd student at LPNC/GIN
Elie Poncet is a PhD student at the Grenoble Institute of Neuroscience (GIN) and the Laboratory of Psychology and NeuroCognition (LPNC). He is working on emotion and cognition in de novo parkinson's disease patients. He is under the supervision of Elena Moro, Head of the Movement Disorder Department at Grenoble University Hospital and Aurélie Campagne, Associate Professor in cognitive neurosciences.


26 years old



Working speciality

cognitive neuroscience


Hobbies out of work

traveling, hiking, video games

What is your current research theme?

My current research is to understand how the pathological mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease modify the emotional processes in the early phase of the disease compared to what happened during normal aging. Using oculometry and functional MRI, we aim to find early biomarker and to develop a neural network mapping model of the evolution of the emotional processes with the disease.

What has led you to this research work?

I have a master’s degree in neurobiology and neurosciences. But my interest for the cognition led me to move from neurobiology to cognitive neurosciences. Among the different topic in this field, the study of emotion seemed fascinating for me.
Also, I’m concerned by the neurodegenerative disorders and I want my work to improve the quality of life of the patients.

What has been your biggest challenge since you started?

The biggest challenge is to recruit healthy controls. As I’m working on the effect of aging, I need to recruit people between 50 and 70 years old. In this population, there is more risks to have health issues that exclude the person from my experiment.

What does interdisciplinarity bring to your project?

Interdisciplinarity brings knew knowledge and competences to understand my subject. The collaboration between the laboratory and the medical team facilitate the relation with the patients and allows us to better understand the results we obtain regarding the clinical profile of the patients.

And after the research, what is your passion?

I like to play video games and to watch series and read books. Otherwise I like to go out with some friends, hiking, skiing...etc.
But overall, my passion is traveling. I love to discover new country, new people, new culture. And I hope research will give me the opportunity to travel.

For more information, please contact: Elie Poncet : elie.poncet@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr

Published on February 4, 2019