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The brain establishes networks under its own steam

The brain establishes networks under its own steam

April 25, 2017

Neuroscientists in Göttingen debunk key tenet of brain development According to the current thinking in neuroscience, neurons in the brain must communicate actively with each other to establish functioning networks. Using an elegant genetic trick, neuroscientists Albrecht Sigler and Cordelia Imig from the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in... READ MORE

Science Meets Music Season Continues with Standing Ovations

Science Meets Music Season Continues with Standing Ovations

April 7, 2017

Science surely met music at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s (MPFI) third “Science Meets Music” event in late March. Gauging from the reaction of the crowd – a rousing standing ovation for both the scientific lecture and complementary piano performance – the series continues to serve as one... READ MORE

iTango: New technique studies neuromodulation in real time

iTango: New technique studies neuromodulation in real time

April 3, 2017

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience developed a light-sensitive technique to visualize and manipulate neuromodulation with unprecedented spatial and temporal precision When we think of neuronal communication, we often picture a single neuron releasing molecular neurotransmitters into a junction called a synapse where they stimulate another neuron. But... READ MORE

Scientists develop light-controllable tool to study CaMKII kinetics in learning and memory

Scientists develop light-controllable tool to study CaMKII kinetics in learning and memory

March 16, 2017

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience have developed a photo-inducible CaMKII inhibitor to study intracellular signaling cascades As we learn, the structure of individual neurons in our brains change to strengthen important connections and weaken less important ones, a process known as structural plasticity. In Ryohei Yasuda’s laboratory... READ MORE

Optimized sensors to study learning and memory

Optimized sensors to study learning and memory

March 9, 2017

Researchers from Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience designed new sensors to study the activity of signaling proteins in dendritic spines. Learning and memory are crucial aspects of everyday life. When we learn, our neurons use chemical and molecular signals to change their shapes and strengthen connections between neurons, a... READ MORE

New insights into how inhibitory neurons contribute to functional networks in the cerebral cortex

New insights into how inhibitory neurons contribute to functional networks in the cerebral cortex

March 8, 2017

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience unravel the functional organization of inhibitory neurons. It takes a village – of neurons – that is, to process sensory inputs in the brain. For example, when a line appears in our visual field, networks of neurons fire together and send... READ MORE

Successful Sixth Annual Brain Bee Created A Huge Buzz Across Two Counties

Successful Sixth Annual Brain Bee Created A Huge Buzz Across Two Counties

February 27, 2017

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s first place prize awarded to “Team Yo GABA GABA” From Belle Glade to Boynton Beach to Jupiter, students came from all corners of Palm Beach and Martin Counties to compete in Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s (MPFI) Sixth Annual Brain Bee on Saturday,... READ MORE

New insights into the information processing of motor neurons

New insights into the information processing of motor neurons

February 21, 2017

Scientists at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience are working to understand how neurons in the cerebellum, a region in the back of the brain that controls movement, interact with each other. In a study published in Cell Reports in February 2017, Matt Rowan, Ph.D., a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of... READ MORE

Max Planck’s Science Meets Music Event is a Popular Local Attraction

Max Planck’s Science Meets Music Event is a Popular Local Attraction

February 18, 2017

Two world-renowned professionals share the stage for a night of learning and entertainment The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) hosted a large crowd of scientific seekers and music enthusiasts for the second Science Meets Music event of the year on February 15 at Benjamin Hall. The evening concert... READ MORE

Sunposium 2017 Features Two Nobel Laureates Among World-Renowned Speakers

Sunposium 2017 Features Two Nobel Laureates Among World-Renowned Speakers

February 16, 2017

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s Popular Research Conference Attracted Its Largest Audience Yet Twenty of the field’s most esteemed researchers spoke at the third international conference highlighting some of the most complex issues at the forefront of understanding neural circuits. The prestigious two-day event hosted by Max Planck Florida... READ MORE