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Gaucher disease and the Sphinx

March 31, 2017 · by IMPRS-BB

Sphingosine inhibits the enzyme GBA2, thereby regulating the degradation of lipid-sugar compounds in cells. Sphingosine, a compound as enigmatic as the sphinx, plays a key role in the metabolic disorder Gaucher disease. Scientists from the Bonn research center caesar have… Read more »

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How cortical circuits keep the balance in imbalance

December 15, 2016 · by IMPRS-BB

A recent study published in “Neuron” provides insights into the interplay between the cellular properties of single neurons, their connections and the network architecture. Cortical neurons receive thousands of excitatory and inhibitory signals, both from local and long-range circuits. To… Read more »

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Bonn-based neuroscientist awarded 1.8 million

December 14, 2016 · by IMPRS-BB

EU sponsors research conducted at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. Bonn-based neuroscientist Prof. Stefan Remy (41) will receive the “Consolidator Grant” from the European Research Council (ERC) worth EUR 1.8 million. The Grant is a special award because, apart from the high funding… Read more »

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Visualization of newly formed synapses with unprecedented resolution

August 11, 2016 · by IMPRS-BB

Researchers from Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience optimized a spatiotemporally controlled method that induces and visualizes the formation of synapses in cortical neurons – Proper cell-to-cell connection is a fundamental mechanism for normal brain function; abnormal connections result in… Read more »

Wilson et. al, Nature Neuroscience, 2016

New insights into neural computations in cerebral cortex

June 13, 2016 · by IMPRS-BB

Study by Max Planck Florida scientists points to an active role for dendrites in cortical processing – Dendrites are the tree-like extensions from neurons that serve as the main location for synapses—the junctions that neurons use to communicate with each… Read more »

Lee et. al, Nature, 2016

From retina to cortex: An unexpected division of labor

April 27, 2016 · by IMPRS-BB

Neurons in our brain do a remarkable job of translating sensory information into reliable representations of our world that are critical to effectively guide our behavior. The parts of the brain that are responsible for vision have long been center… Read more »

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MPFI Honored with Lifees Award at eMerge Americas in Miami

April 22, 2016 · by IMPRS-BB

Award Recognizes MPFI’s Commitment to Helping Students Succeed, Industry Grow Miami, FL – The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) recently received the Life Sciences South Florida (LSSF) Lifees Award at eMerge Americas in Miami, which brings together the… Read more »

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Biosensor measures signaling molecules within cilia

March 22, 2016 · by IMPRS-BB

Scientists can measure the dynamics of signaling molecules in subcellular compartments. Scientists of the Research Center caesar in Bonn, an Institute of the Max Planck Society, developed a new biosensor, which allows to measure nanomolar levels of the second messenger… Read more »