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Dr. F. Bianchi-Demicheli
HUG/Département Gynécologie
Obstétrique
Boulevard de la Cluse 30
1205 Genève
Suisse

francesco.bianchi-demicheli@hcuge.ch

Tel.: 022 382 44 65



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Functional organisation of the human sexuality

Functional organisation of the human sexuality : from close relationships to cerebral networks

Our group conducts research on human sexual function, sexual behaviour, reproduction, women's health, and gender differences in sexual response. More specifically, our group is interested in studying the different phases of the human sexual function, the associated sexual behaviours and the various sexual dysfunctions that may affect each phase of the human sexual function. In addition, our research focuses on understanding the impact of affective and interpersonal relationships on human sexual behaviour, both in normal adults and in patients with sexual dysfunctions. Our research concentrates on elucidating the mechanisms implicated in sexual behaviour, both at an individual and a couple level.

Our main goal is to better understand both conscious and unconscious mechanisms of the human sexual function. To do so, our approach focuses on clinical sexology and social and sexual neuroscience. More precisely, our group combines current modern experimental methods, including clinical therapies, psychophysical paradigms, and neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), 3D-electroencephalogram (3D-EEG), Diffusor tensor imaging (DTI) and Transcranial magnetic stimulations (TMS). We collaborate with the NIC Laboratory for fMRI studies on sexual desire.

In parallel, our group collaborates with the Laboratory for advanced neuroscience at the Syracuse University(New-York).
The national and international development of our field of research will allow a multidimensional conceptualization of the human sexual function and its underlined mechanisms. A better understanding of these mechanisms will help design better therapeutical tools in clinical sexology in patients with sexual dysfunctions and understand the interaction between cerebral plasticity and sexual behaviours in healthy adults.




Group's publications

Neural bases of hypoactive sexual desire disorder in women: an event-related FMRI study.
JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE
2011 vol. 8(9) pp. 2546-2559
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, COJAN Y, WABER L, RECORDON N, VUILLEUMIER P, ORTIGUE S

Intention, false beliefs, and delusional jealousy: insights into the right hemisphere from neurological patients and neuroimaging studies.
MEDICAL SCIENCE MONITOR : INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL RESEARCH
2011 vol. 17(1) pp. 1-11
ORTIGUE S, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F

Clinical course in women undergoing termination of pregnancy within the legal time limit in French-speaking Switzerland.
SWISS MEDICAL WEEKLY
2011 vol. 19 pp. 141-
PERRIN E, BERTHOUD M, POTT M, TOLEDO VERA AG, PERRENOUD D, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F

Neuroimaging of love: fMRI meta-analysis evidence toward new perspectives in sexual medicine.
JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE
2010 vol. 7(11) pp. 3541-3552
ORTIGUE S, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, PATEL N, FRUM C, LEWIS JW

New electroencephalogram (EEG) neuroimaging methods of analyzing brain activity applicable to the study of human sexual response.
JOURNAL OF SEXUAL MEDICINE
2009 vol. 6(7) pp. 1830-1845
ORTIGUE S, PATEL N, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F

Mental representation of subjective pleasure of partnered experiences in women's brain conveyed through event-related fMRI.
MEDICAL SCIENCE MONITOR : INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL RESEARCH
2009 vol. 15(11) pp. 545-550
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, ORTIGUE S

Why is your spouse so predictable? Connecting mirror neuron system and self-expansion model of love.
MEDICAL HYPOTHESES
2008 vol. 71(6) pp. 941-944
ORTIGUE S, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F

The chronoarchitecture of human sexual desire: a high-density electrical mapping study.
NEUROIMAGE
2008 vol. 43(2) pp. 337-345
ORTIGUE S, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F

The neural basis of love as a subliminal prime: An event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging study
JOURNAL OF COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
2007 vol. 19 pp. 1218-1230
ORTIGUE S, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, HAMILTON AFDC, GRAFTON ST

Correlation between insula activation and self-reported quality of orgasm in women
NEUROIMAGE
2007 vol. 37(2) pp. 551-560
ORTIGUE S, GRAFTON ST, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F

Toward an understanding of the cerebral substrates of woman's orgasm
NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA
2007 vol. 45 pp. 2645-2659
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI, F, ORTIGUE, S

Interactions between human sexual arousal and sexual desire: a challenge for social neuroscience
REVUE MÉDICALE SUISSE
2007 vol. 3(104) pp. 809-813
ORTIGUE S, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F

Women's health 18 years after rupture of the anal sphincter during childbirth: I. Fecal incontinence
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
2006 vol. 194 pp. 1255-1259
FALTIN DL, OTERO M, PETIGNAT P, SANGALLI MR, FLORIS LA, BOULVAIN M, IRION O

Women's health 18 years after rupture of the anal sphincter during childbirth: II. Urinary incontinence, sexual function, and physical and mental health
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
2006 vol. 194(5) pp. 1260-1265
OTERO M, BOULVAIN M, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, FLORIS LA, SANGALLI MR, WEIL A, IRION O, FALTIN DL

La dysfonction érectile un possible marqueur de maladies cardiovalculaires
REVUE MÉDICALE SUISSE
2006 vol. 2(58) pp. 774-778
SEKORANJA L, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, GASPOZ JM, MACH F

Le cerveau au coeur du plaisir féminin
REVUE MÉDICALE SUISSE
2006 vol. 2(58) pp. 784-788
ORTIGUE S, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F

The power of love on the human brain
SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE
2006 vol. 1(2) pp. 90-103
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, GRAFTON ST, ORTIGUE S

Contraceptive counselling and social representations: a qualitative study
SWISS MEDICAL WEEKLY
2006 vol. 136(7-8) pp. 127-134
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, PERRIN E, DUPANLOUP A, DUMONT P, BONNET J, BERTHOUD M, KULIER R, BETTOLI L, LORENZI-CIOLDI F, CHARDONNENS D

[Use of aromatase inhibitors in infertile women]
GYNECOLOGIE, OBSTETRIQUE & FERTILITE
2005 vol. 33(5) pp. 348-355
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI FRANCESCO, DE ZIEGLER DOMINIQUE

Erectile dysfunction: to prescribe or not to prescribe?
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMPOTENCE RESEARCH : OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR IMPOTENCE RESEARCH
2005 vol. 17(4) pp. 381-382
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI FRANCESCO, ORTIGUE STEPHANIE, DE ZIEGLER DOMINIQUE, SEKORANJA LUCKA, DAMSA CRISTIAN

Intensive short-term dynamic sex therapy: a proposal
JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY
2005 vol. 31 (1) pp. 57-72
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI FRANCESCO, ZUTTER ANNE-MARIE

Clinical use of aromatase inhibitors (AI) in premenopausal women.
THE JOURNAL OF STEROID BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
2005 vol. 95 pp. 121-127
DE ZIEGLER DOMINIQUE, MATTENBERG CH, LUYET C, ROMOSCANU I, IRION-FOURNET N, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI FRANCESCO

New Tools for Optimizing Endometrial Receptivity in Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation: Aromatase Inhibitors and LH/minihCG.
ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
2004 vol. 1034 pp. 262-277
DE ZIEGLER DOMINIQUE, MATTENBERGER C,, SCHWARZ C,, IBECHEOLE VICTORIA, FOURNET N, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI FRANCESCO

[Model of short-term psychological intervention in psychosomatic gynaecology]
GYNECOLOGIE, OBSTETRIQUE & FERTILITE
2004 vol. 32 (2) pp. 147-152
ZUTTER AM, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI FRANCESCO

"Dopamine-dependent" side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: a clinical review.
THE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY
2004 vol. 65(8): pp. 1064-1068
DAMSA CRISTIAN, BUMB A, BIANCHI-DEMICHELI FRANCESCO, VIDAILHET P, STERCK R, ANDREOLI ANTONIO, BEYENBURG S

Contraceptive practice before and after termination of pregnancy: a prospective study
CONTRACEPTION
2003 vol. 67 pp. 107-113
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, PERRIN E, BIANCHI PG, DUMONT P, LUDICKE F, CAMPANA A

Termination of pregnancy and women's sexuality
GYNECOLOGIC AND OBSTETRIC INVESTIGATION
2002 vol. 53 pp. 48-53
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, PERRIN E, LUDICKE F, BIANCHI PG, CHATTON D, CAMPANA A

Sexuality, partner relations and contraceptive practice after termination of pregnancy
JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY
2001 vol. 22 (2) pp. 83-90
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, PERRIN E, LUDICKE F, BIANCHI PG, FERT D, BONVALLAT F, CHATTON D, CAMPANA A

Contraception and sexuality after termination of pregnancy:a comparison between Lugano and Geneva
SWISS MEDICAL WEEKLY
2001 vol. 131(35-36) pp. 515-520
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI F, PERRIN E, LUDICKE F, CAMPANA A

Induced abortion and psychosexuality
JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
2000 vol. 21(4) pp. 213-217
BIANCHI-DEMICHELI FRANCESCO, KULIER REGINA, PERRIN ELIANE, CAMPANA ALDO


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