Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Scientific Collaboration the Theme of Event at Max Planck Florida Institute

More than 200 business and community leaders attended the “Neurons & Networking” event on July 24 at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) in Jupiter. The purpose of the event, hosted by the Life Science and Technology HUB together with the MPFI, was to promote collaboration within the neuroscience community and to highlight the research being done at MPFI, Scripps Florida and Florida Atlantic University (FAU). ..

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Max Planck Scientists progress towards better understanding of neuronal circuit function

Scientists from the Group of Dr. Samuel Young, Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in Jupiter, together with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen, Germany and the Department of Basic Neurosciences at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland have achieved considerable progress towards our better understanding of how synapses in the brain manage to achieve sustained high-speed signal transmission. The findings are published in the May 8th issue of the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience. ..

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Monday, April 30, 2012
New Neuroscience Building Breaks Ground

Nearly 100 administrators, faculty, students, and alumni gathered at a ceremonial groundbreaking on April 26 to celebrate the construction of a facility that will launch a new era for collaborative neuroscience research at the University of Miami. ..

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Thursday, March 15, 2012
International Collaboration the Focus of Scientific Symposium Hosted by Max Planck Florida Institute

The Max Planck Florida Institute (MPFI) and the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) recently hosted a two-day scientific symposium, “Neural Circuits: From Molecules to Behavior” on March 6-7 at the Lifelong Learning Complex on the Jupiter campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU). More than 200 faculty, postdocs and students from MPFI, FAU, Scripps Florida and other South Florida universities attended the event, which was designed to promote collaboration among neuroscientists in Florida, Germany and Latin America.  ..

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Research Led By Max Planck Florida Institute CEO and Scientific Director Provides New Insight Into How Neural Populations Encode Motion Direction

Because our brains do such a remarkable job of representing the world around us, it is easy to forget that vision, like all of our sensations, is the product of complex patterns of electrical activity in large populations of neurons. Neuroscientists have a good understanding of how single neurons respond to visual stimuli, and have used this information to predict the behavior of large populations of neurons.  But the best way to determine the pattern of population activity evoked by sensory stimulation would be to visualize it directly, an approach made possible with recent developments in brain imaging technology.   ..

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
USF Neuroscience Collaborative website launched

The neurosciences — one of the University of South Florida’s signature research programs — just got a virtual space in which to be showcased.  ..

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Scripps Research Scientists Identify Mechanism of Long-Term Memory

Using advanced imaging technology, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have identified a change in chemical influx into a specific set of neurons in the common fruit fly thatis fundamental to long-term memory.  ..

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011
USF study: Most patients stop drugs for essential tremor after deep brain stimulation surgery

Deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure to suppress faulty nerve signals, allowed 77 percent of patients to stop the medications used to treat their essential tremors within one year following the surgery, University of South Florida researchers report. ..

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
USF scientists test blue-green algae for treating ALS

Tampa, FL  – Nutritional supplementation with spirulina, a nutrient-rich, blue-green algae, appeared to provide neuroprotective support for dying motor neurons in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, University of South Florida neuroscientists have found. Although more research is needed, they suggest that a spirulina-supplemented diet may provide clinical benefits for ALS patients. ..

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Friday, December 17, 2010
Breakthrough Study at FAU Links Emotional and Neural Responses to Musical Performance

BOCA RATON, FL  – It is well known that music arouses emotions. But why do some musical performances move us, while others leave us flat? Why do musicians spend years perfecting the subtle nuances that bring us to tears? Scientists at Florida Atlantic University have now identified key aspects of musical performance that cause emotion-related brain activity, and they have shown for the first time how these performance nuances work in the brain, in real-time (http://www.science.fau.edu/video/emotionmovie/)*. ..

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