MPFI’s Biennial Neural Circuits Research Conference

At the Forefront of Understanding Neural Circuits

MPFI's Sunposium conference brings together leaders in basic neuroscience research from all over the world
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MPFI's Biennial Conference At the forefront of understanding neural circuits
Palm Beach County Convention Center
West Palm Beach, Florida

MPFI’s Sunposium conference brings hundreds of the world’s most esteemed neuroscience researchers together to highlight the challenges, latest findings, and advances that address some of the most complex issues at the forefront of understanding neural circuits.

Researchers from all over the world attend Sunposium to collaborate in understanding neural circuits, which underlie sensory processing, memory, and more. Along with elucidating basic behaviors and processes, understanding neural circuits will help researchers develop and improve treatments for neurological diseases and disorders that arise when these circuits aren’t working properly. While many speakers and attendees are neuroscientists, some come from other fields such as biochemistry and physics – disciplines that cross paths with and enhance basic neuroscience research. This basic neuroscience research has the potential to put the scientific world on track to dramatically change human health - and educational conferences such as Sunposium encourage a collaborative, problem-solving approach to some of the most pressing questions and challenges in the field.
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Kevin Briggman
Kevin BriggmanCenter of Advanced European Studies and Research
Linda Buck
Linda BuckFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Vivian Budnik
Vivian BudnikUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
Alon Chen
Alon ChenMax Planck Institute of Psychiatry
Gloria Choi
Gloria ChoiMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Rui Costa
Rui CostaColumbia University
Gordon Fishell
Gordon FishellHarvard University
Michael Halassa
Michael HalassaMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Christopher Harvey
Christopher HarveyHarvard University
Takao Hensch
Takao HenschHarvard University
Eric Kandel
Eric KandelColumbia University
Matthew Larkum
Matthew LarkumHumboldt University of Berlin
Jeffrey Magee
Jeffrey MageeHoward Hughes Medical Institute
 Carla Shatz
Carla ShatzStanford University
Scott Sternson
Scott SternsonHoward Hughes Medical Institute
Fan Wang
Fan WangDuke University
Arturo Hongkui Zeng
Hongkui ZengAllen Institute for Brain Science
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Since Sunposium is held during the peak tourist season for this area, we strongly recommend you reserve your travel arrangements as soon as possible.

The Max Planck Florida Institute has established discounted rates at the following hotels. These rates are limited and on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown
  • 295 Lakeview Avenue
  • West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
  • Tel: +1 888 492 8847
  • Group Code: G-MP19
  • Price: $259 (King) / $269 (Double Queen)
  • Cut-off date: January 17, 2019
Nearby attractions include CityPlace, a $600 million shopping, dining and entertainment complex; the nationally acclaimed Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Palm Beach’s famous Worth Avenue; South Florida’s beautiful beaches; and a wide variety of dining options - ranging from casual waterfront to sophisticated chic. For more information about things to do in the area, please visit Discover the Palm Beaches. Non-U.S. residents may need a visa to enter the United States for Sunposium 2019. If you already have a U.S. visa, check the expiration date to ensure your visa will not expire before or during your planned travel dates. If you are attending the Sunposium and live outside the United States and need to obtain a visa, please email for assistance. Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) offers 150 daily flights on 12 major airlines. It is located less than 10 minutes (3 miles) from the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Taxis – Taxis are available at the Ground Transportation desks located on the East and West ends of the Level One - Baggage Claim at PBI. A typical one-way rate to the area hotels range from $8-14. Uber and Lyft – These ridesharing companies are another economical option to get from the airport to area hotels. With average prices ranging between $9-$15 for a one-way trip. Rental Cars – Car rental services are conveniently located on Level One – Baggage Claim of the airport terminal. Shuttles – Participating courtesy hotel shuttles are available outside the terminal on Level One - Baggage Claim. Arrangements should be made directly with your hotel. The Palm Beach County Convention Center has a new 9 story parking garage that can be accessed off Okeechobee Boulevard (south side) and right turn onto Rosemary Avenue. The garage entrance is at the end of Rosemary Avenue.
  1. Directions from I-95: Take I-95 to the Okeechobee Boulevard exit (#70) and head east on Okeechobee Boulevard, approximately 1 mile. The Palm Beach County Convention Center is located on the south side of Okeechobee Boulevard, directly across the street from CityPlace.
  2. Directions from Florida Turnpike: Take Florida’s Turnpike to the West Palm Beach/Okeechobee Boulevard exit (#99) and head east for approximately 7 miles. The Palm Beach County Convention Center is located on the south side of Okeechobee Boulevard, directly across the street from CityPlace.
For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Miriam Chun at 561-972-9067 or by email at