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Order in Disorder: a key feature of dendritic organization in the brain

Order in Disorder: a key feature of dendritic organization in the brain

November 2, 2017

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience discovered local order of dendritic spine functional properties within global disorder, a key underlying feature of the synaptic architecture of visual space. Neurons are the basic information processing structures in the brain and are composed of three main parts: dendrites, axons,... READ MORE

Gene editing in the brain gets a major upgrade

Gene editing in the brain gets a major upgrade

October 19, 2017

Scientists develop a new tool for precise genome editing in neurons Genome editing technologies have revolutionized biomedical science, providing a fast and easy way to modify genes. However, the technique allowing scientists to carryout the most precise edits, doesn’t work in cells that are no longer dividing – which includes... READ MORE

MPFI scientists discover regional differences among chandelier cells

MPFI scientists discover regional differences among chandelier cells

October 9, 2017

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience show that location matters when it comes to brain cells’ gene expression, connections, and innervation area The brain is composed of distinct regions that differ in their functional roles and cellular architecture. For example, the hippocampus is an area well-known for... READ MORE

NIH Awards $2 Million to MPFI Scientist to investigate neural circuits in the visual cortex

NIH Awards $2 Million to MPFI Scientist to investigate neural circuits in the visual cortex

October 3, 2017

Work will use state of the art imaging techniques to provide new insights critical for addressing numerous visual, neurological, and psychiatric disorders Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director and CEO at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), has been awarded a $2 million four-year grant from the National Eye... READ MORE

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s Ryohei Yasuda Awarded 2017 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s Ryohei Yasuda Awarded 2017 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize

August 9, 2017

Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D., Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s (MPFI) Scientific Director, was one of two outstanding recipients of the 2017 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize, awarded July 20 in Chiba-city, Japan. Presented during the 40th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society, the Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize is awarded by... READ MORE

MPFI researchers make significant advance in understanding calcium channel control of neurotransmitter release

MPFI researchers make significant advance in understanding calcium channel control of neurotransmitter release

August 8, 2017

A new study conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience uncovers critical aspects of calcium channel function, overturning prevailing theories that explain variability in neurotransmitter release during neuronal communication Approximately eight years ago, former Research Group Leader at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) and... READ MORE

MPFI Scientists Probe Function of Cerebellar Interneurons with New Technique

MPFI Scientists Probe Function of Cerebellar Interneurons with New Technique

July 12, 2017

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) are working to understand how different types of cells in the cerebellum have distinct roles in motor behavior and learning. The cerebellum is an area of brain at the back of your head involved in movement. Its neuronal circuitry is... READ MORE

New tool to identify and control neurons

New tool to identify and control neurons

June 26, 2017

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience develop a technique to visualize and control the neural activities that underlie behavior Since scientists began studying the brain, they have asked whether the biology they observed can really be tied to external behaviors. Researchers are building a substantial understanding of the... READ MORE

Distinct wiring mode found in chandelier cells

Distinct wiring mode found in chandelier cells

June 8, 2017

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience identify the wiring process of a unique type of inhibitory cells implicated in several diseases A basic tenet of neural development is that young neurons make far more connections than they will actually use, with very little specificity. They selectively maintain... READ MORE

Precise mechanisms of a calcium-dependent kinase during the formation of new memories

Precise mechanisms of a calcium-dependent kinase during the formation of new memories

May 17, 2017

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience optimize imaging methods to visualize CaMKII activation during synaptic plasticity with unprecedented resolution – Calcium is an essential molecule that controls many processes in our body, such as muscle contraction, cellular metabolism, gene expression, and communication among neurons. – A specific family of... READ MORE