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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

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