Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

Focus on Neural Circuits

Understanding the functional organization of the nervous system, its capacity to produce perception, thought, language, memory, emotion, and action, remains the ultimate challenge for biology. Neural circuits, the complex synaptic networks of the brain, hold the key to understanding who we are, why we behave the way we do, and how the debilitating effects of neurological and psychiatric disorders can be ameliorated. Meeting this challenge requires forging links between different levels of analysis—genetic, molecular, cellular, circuit, and behavioral—and developing new technologies that make cutting edge scientific discoveries possible. The Max Planck Florida Institute brings together outstanding scientists with a broad range of expertise in a cohesive, collaborative environment designed to stimulate the development of novel approaches to understanding the structure, function, and development of neural circuits.

Part of the prestigious Max Planck Society based in Germany, the MPFI is the first and only institute of its kind in North America. Situated in the new biosciences cluster in scenic Palm Beach County in south Florida, the MPFI provides a vibrant, interactive environment where scientists are provided generous ongoing support to conduct high impact research at the cutting edge.


Latest Publications from each Research Group

Cellular organization of cortical barrel columns is whisker-specific.

Dr. Bert Sakmann - October 7, 2013

The cellular organization of the cortex is of fundamental importance for elucidating the structural principles that underlie its functions. It has been suggested that reconstructing the structure and synaptic wiring of the elementary functional building block of mammalian cortices, the cortical column, might suffice to reverse engineer and simulate the functions of entire cortices. Read More

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Dr. McLean Bolton

Disorders of Neural Circuit Function

Dr. Jason Christie

Mechanisms of Synaptic Signaling and Computation

Dr. David Fitzpatrick

Functional Architecture and Development of Cerebral Cortex

Dr. Hyungbae Kwon

Cellular Basis of Neural Circuit Plasticity

Dr. Bert Sakmann

Digital Neuroanatomy

Dr. James Schummers

Cellular Organization of
Cortical Circuit Function

Dr. Hiroki Taniguchi

Development and Function of
Inhibitory Neural Circuits

Dr. Ryohei Yasuda

Neuronal Signal Transduction

Dr. Samuel Young, Jr.

Molecular Mechanisms of
Synaptic Function