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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

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience Draws Curtain on 2017 Community Event

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience Draws Curtain on 2017 Community Event

April 26, 2017

MPFI leadership celebrates Science Meets Music series success at fourth and final event of the season Leadership at Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) had much to celebrate at the fourth and final event of the 2017 “Science Meets Music” series in late April. The cultural offering was lauded for... READ MORE

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

New study reveals the role of interneurons in motor control

New study reveals the role of interneurons in motor control

April 7, 2017

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience discovered that interneurons within the molecular layer of the cerebellum play a key role in the refinement of motor behavior In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in May 2017, Michael Gaffield, Ph.D., a post-doctoral researcher in the lab... 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