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Newly Identified Role for Inhibition in Cerebellar Plasticity and Behavior

Newly Identified Role for Inhibition in Cerebellar Plasticity and Behavior

August 16, 2018

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) have discovered a new role for inhibition, regulating how and when motor learning is acquired in the cerebellum. Almost everyone is familiar with the unique mixture of surprise and confusion that occurs after making a mistake during an everyday movement.... READ MORE

Unconventional Connections: How Inhibition Hones Cortical Selectivity

Unconventional Connections: How Inhibition Hones Cortical Selectivity

July 25, 2018

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience discover a fundamentally new role for inhibition in the visual cortex, refining how neurons encode object motion Our brains do a remarkable job of encoding visual information about the world around us, providing an almost instantaneous report about rapidly changing conditions... READ MORE

Convergence of Synaptic Signals is Mediated by a Protein Critical for Learning and Memory

Convergence of Synaptic Signals is Mediated by a Protein Critical for Learning and Memory

July 16, 2018

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience show that protein Kinase C is a novel information integrator, keeping tabs on the recent history of neighboring synapses while simultaneously monitoring local synaptic input Inside the brain, is a complex symphony of perfectly coordinated signaling. Hundreds of different molecules amplify,... READ MORE

New Software Designed for Rapid, Automated Identification of Dendritic Spines

New Software Designed for Rapid, Automated Identification of Dendritic Spines

July 5, 2018

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience release open source software, connecting and building the neuroscience coding community. Is it possible for microscopes to learn a bit about the brain? Even be taught by neuroscientists to reliably recognize parts of brain cells… all on their own? Though it may... READ MORE

Tools of the Trade That Shatter the Resolution Barrier

Tools of the Trade That Shatter the Resolution Barrier

June 25, 2018

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), in partnership with Abberior Instruments America (AIA) and Nobel Laureate Dr. Stefan W. Hell, hosted an immersive STED Workshop showcasing just how accessible super resolution is in modern day research On Thursday, June 21, students, postdocs and principle investigators alike gathered at MPFI... READ MORE

MPFI Scientist Secures a $2.4 Million Grant to Investigate Inhibitory Circuits in the Cerebral Cortex

MPFI Scientist Secures a $2.4 Million Grant to Investigate Inhibitory Circuits in the Cerebral Cortex

June 15, 2018

The project will focus on applying advanced imaging technologies paired with precise genetic techniques to disentangle how inhibitory circuits in the cortex are constructed. Dr. Hiroki Taniguchi, Ph.D., a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) has been awarded a $2.4 million five-year grant by... READ MORE

Memory Molecule Limits Plasticity by Calibrating Calcium

Memory Molecule Limits Plasticity by Calibrating Calcium

May 23, 2018

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience discovered a new way that the protein RGS14 functions as a molecular brake on learning and memory The brain has an incredible capacity to support a lifetime of learning and memory. Each new experience fundamentally alters the connections between cells in... READ MORE

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Dr. David Fitzpatrick to 2018 Class

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects Dr. David Fitzpatrick to 2018 Class

May 4, 2018

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s (MPFI) CEO and Scientific Director Joins United States President and World Leaders in the 2018 Class Dr. David Fitzpatrick, CEO and Scientific Director at MPFI, joins the ranks of exceptional scholars, leaders, artists and innovators for the 2018 class of the American Academy of... READ MORE

The acclaimed 2018 Season of Science Meets Music Concludes with Thematic Grand Finale

The acclaimed 2018 Season of Science Meets Music Concludes with Thematic Grand Finale

May 4, 2018

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience showcased the science of songbird singing complimented by classical compositions inspired by the sonorous songsters. Early evening on Wednesday, April 18, science and song took flight in Benjamin Hall, as members of the local community, brimming with excitement, gathered for a night of virtuosic... READ MORE

FAU and Max Planck Team Up on First Joint Position

FAU and Max Planck Team Up on First Joint Position

April 27, 2018

Ken Dawson-Scully Named Associate V.P. for Strategic Initiatives, Head of Institutional Partnerships at FAU and MPFI Florida Atlantic University and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) have combined forces to form the first jointly supported position between the two institutions. As of May 1, Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D., will be... READ MORE