Farris Foundation Supports MPFI’s New, Innovative Ph.D. Research Program

· by Katie Edwards

The Max Planck Florida Foundation today announced that The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation has continued its commitment to the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) through the support of a Ph.D. fellowship in the institute’s new International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Brain and Behavior. IMPRS is a first-of-its-kind collaboration among MPFI, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany), and the Center for Advanced European Studies and Research (Bonn, Germany).

“Students in the institute’s IMPRS program will have the opportunity to learn from an international team of investigators at the cutting edge of brain research,” said Dr. David Fitzpatrick, CEO and Scientific Director at MPFI. “Providing an excellent catalyst for future discoveries, this program creates an environment to help participants ignite their future scientific careers. We are excited that The Farris Foundation has continued its support of the institute through this program – recognizing the value it brings to both the students and our community.”

The Farris Foundation’s previous support of innovative training opportunities at MPFI allowed for the creation of the MPFI Scholars Undergraduate Internship program, a competitive program providing undergraduates with intensive laboratory research experience to complement their undergraduate science curriculum. Now, the new IMPRS for Brain and Behavior Fellowship marks the second new educational program introduced due to The Farris Foundation’s support. The Foundation also supports the MPFI High School Summer Research Internship Program.

“The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation seeks to support projects that provide the structure, encouragement and incentive that enable people to help themselves lead more successful, inspired and fulfilling lives,” said Christine Koehn, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation. “We are particularly interested in funding projects that stimulate innovation and can demonstrate a sustainable impact on participants, like IMPRS, and are excited to continue our partnership with MPFI to further our shared goals by sponsoring a fellowship in this new, world-class program.”

With its North American headquarters located in South Florida, IMPRS offers students a competitive, world-class Ph.D. training and research program that explores how sensory information is encoded in neural circuits and ultimately transformed to behavior. IMPRS aims to recruit outstanding doctoral students and immerse them in a stimulating environment with new technologies that will illuminate their understanding of brain circuits and help guide them to develop the critical and creative mindset required in this field.