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Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s Ryohei Yasuda Awarded 2017 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s Ryohei Yasuda Awarded 2017 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize

August 9, 2017

Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D., Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s (MPFI) Scientific Director, was one of two outstanding recipients of the 2017 Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize, awarded July 20 in Chiba-city, Japan. Presented during the 40th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society, the Nakaakira Tsukahara Memorial Prize is awarded by... READ MORE

MPFI researchers make significant advance in understanding calcium channel control of neurotransmitter release

MPFI researchers make significant advance in understanding calcium channel control of neurotransmitter release

August 8, 2017

A new study conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience uncovers critical aspects of calcium channel function, overturning prevailing theories that explain variability in neurotransmitter release during neuronal communication Approximately eight years ago, former Research Group Leader at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) and... READ MORE

MPFI Scientists Probe Function of Cerebellar Interneurons with New Technique

MPFI Scientists Probe Function of Cerebellar Interneurons with New Technique

July 12, 2017

Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) are working to understand how different types of cells in the cerebellum have distinct roles in motor behavior and learning. The cerebellum is an area of brain at the back of your head involved in movement. Its neuronal circuitry is... READ MORE

New tool to identify and control neurons

New tool to identify and control neurons

June 26, 2017

Researchers at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience develop a technique to visualize and control the neural activities that underlie behavior Since scientists began studying the brain, they have asked whether the biology they observed can really be tied to external behaviors. Researchers are building a substantial understanding of the... READ MORE

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