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iMT: Creating a Blueprint for Cortical Connectivity

iMT: Creating a Blueprint for Cortical Connectivity

January 28, 2019

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience have developed a novel technique capable of tracing intricate neural connections with unprecedented sensitivity With a bit of light, a few photo sensitive compounds and specialized paper, the blueprint was born. As the favored type of technical drawing for over a century,... READ MORE

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience enters Partnership with Zeiss

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience enters Partnership with Zeiss

January 18, 2019

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) announces a new “labs@location” partnership agreement between the MPFI Electron Microscopy (EM) Core Facility and Germany-based microscopy company ZEISS, known for its cutting-edge imaging technologies. As a “labs@location” partner institution, MPFI will have access to state-of-the-art ZEISS technology before it is commercially... READ MORE

MPFI Researchers Discover a New Synaptic Logic for Connections Between the Two Hemispheres of the Brain

MPFI Researchers Discover a New Synaptic Logic for Connections Between the Two Hemispheres of the Brain

January 16, 2019

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience have developed a new combination of technologies that allows them to identify the functional properties of individual synapses that link the two hemispheres and determine how they are arranged within a neuron’s dendritic field. Each of the 20 billion neurons in... READ MORE

FAU and Max Planck Florida Institute Partner to Launch the Only Program of Its Kind in the World for High School Students

FAU and Max Planck Florida Institute Partner to Launch the Only Program of Its Kind in the World for High School Students

November 27, 2018

The Max Planck Academy will Serve as a Pioneer Model in STEM Education READ MORE

Gloria Choi, Ph.D. Named 2018 Peter Gruss Young Investigator Award Winner

Gloria Choi, Ph.D. Named 2018 Peter Gruss Young Investigator Award Winner

November 3, 2018

Dr. Gloria Choi is the second biennial Peter Gruss Young Investigator Award recipient. The Peter Gruss Young Investigator Award is given biennially to recognize a young neuroscience investigator for significant contributions to the scientific community through collaboration, creativity, and curiosity-driven research. READ MORE

Surprising Network Activity in The Immature Brain:  Developing Brain Networks Act Locally to Build Globally

Surprising Network Activity in The Immature Brain: Developing Brain Networks Act Locally to Build Globally

October 26, 2018

One of the outstanding mysteries of the cerebral cortex is how individual neurons develop the proper synaptic connections to form large-scale, distributed networks. Now, an international team of scientists have gained novel insights from studying spontaneously generated patterns of activity arising from local connections in the early developing visual cortex.... READ MORE

Hyungbae Kwon of Max Planck Florida wins $6.8 million Pioneer Grant

Hyungbae Kwon of Max Planck Florida wins $6.8 million Pioneer Grant

October 2, 2018

The concept of “finding your happy place” just got a big boost thanks to a Max Planck Florida neuroscientist and the NIH Common Fund. Dr. Hyungbae Kwon, Scientific Group Leader at The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience has been awarded a 2018 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for developing a... READ MORE

MPFI Welcomes 70 Aspiring Scientists to

MPFI Welcomes 70 Aspiring Scientists to “Career Day”

September 20, 2018

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) hosted 70 local high school students and their teachers for Career Day, which took place on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Students and teachers enjoyed tours of MPFI facilities, a luncheon with scientists, and an interactive question and answer session. The 2018 panelists... READ MORE

MPFI Scientist Receives More than $2 Million in NIH Funding to Study Regulation of Instructive Signaling in the Cerebellum

MPFI Scientist Receives More than $2 Million in NIH Funding to Study Regulation of Instructive Signaling in the Cerebellum

September 10, 2018

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) announces that Dr. Jason Christie, MPFI Research Group Leader, has been awarded a grant in the amount of $2,082,074 over five-years to support ongoing investigation of neural circuits in the cerebellum that instruct and guide motor learning. The cerebellum, an anatomically unique... READ MORE

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