News and Media

News & Press Releases

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

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

Company Boasting Nobel Prize Winning Technology Chooses Max Planck Florida as U.S. Headquarters

Company Boasting Nobel Prize Winning Technology Chooses Max Planck Florida as U.S. Headquarters

February 13, 2017

Advanced super-resolution imaging technology benefiting life sciences will now be available in the U.S. The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) announced today that Abberior Instruments America LLC (AIA), a Max Planck Society spin-off company, has chosen the MPFI facility in Jupiter, FL for its U.S. headquarters. AIA manufactures... READ MORE

New software automates brain imaging

New software automates brain imaging

February 3, 2017

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience have developed new software to study synaptic plasticity in dendritic spines When humans and animals learn and form memories, the physical structures of their brain cells change. Specifically, small protrusions called dendritic spines, which receive signals from other neurons, can grow and... READ MORE

The Future of Neuroscience Now Online - Max Planck Neuroscience Launches  Research and News Site for Scientific Community

The Future of Neuroscience Now Online – Max Planck Neuroscience Launches Research and News Site for Scientific Community

December 8, 2016

From the world’s most progressive researchers on the cusp of scientific discovery, the Max Planck Neuroscience (MP Neuro) website now brings the future of neuroscience to our fingertips. “This brand new digital hub presents all neuroscience content from the entire Max Planck Society network,” says Dr. David Fitzpatrick, CEO and... READ MORE

Scientists optimize FRET-FLIM to study activity of two signaling molecules within a single dendritic spine

Scientists optimize FRET-FLIM to study activity of two signaling molecules within a single dendritic spine

October 31, 2016

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Stanford University teamed up to develop a new molecular tag which allowed visualization of two signaling proteins’ activity in a single dendritic spine in real time. An ongoing challenge for scientists working to understand the brain is being able to see... READ MORE