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Leibniz Prize for Moritz Helmstaedter

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research Director Moritz Helmstaedter is honoured with the most important German research prize more

Decoding the Cuttlefish: Unraveling the Enigma of Rapid Camouflage

New tools bring scientists closer to understanding the mechanisms behind how color-blind cuttlefish execute their kaleidoscopic patterns more

New Study Uncovers the Underlying Complexity of Brain Synapses

A new study recently published in CELL is reshaping our understanding of the fundamental building blocks of the brain, the proteins that are present at synapses. more

Empowering Women in Neuroscience

"A European perspective on structural barriers to women's career progression in neuroscience," recently published in Nature Neuroscience, sheds light on the persistent gender disparities in European academic neuroscience. more

Cephalopod camouflage: searching for good matches

Cephalopod camouflage, one of the most fascinating animal behaviors, was remarked upon already by Aristotle, around 350 BC. Many cuttlefish, octopus and squid species evolved means to imitate the substrate onto which they lie so as to escape detection by preys or predators. more

Back to the roots

Back to the roots

June 23, 2023

The Max Planck Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2023 with a series of events throughout the year, and in June it returned to its birthplace in Göttingen to host a one-day science market in the medieval town square. more

Brain logistics

Brain logistics

June 01, 2023

Teams from MPI Institutes in Dresden, Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main and Göttingen have joined forces to gain the first evidence of a protein complex responsible for the transport of messenger RNA in neurons more

New study reveals ‘moonlighting’ function of part of the brain’s protein destruction machine at synapses

A major component of the cell’s protein destruction machine moonlights at brain synapses more

Girls’ Day 2023

Girls’ Day 2023

April 27, 2023

Girls' Day is an annual event in Germany designed to encourage girls and women to take up technical and scientific careers. As in previous years, the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research participated in the event and invited a group of school girls to be neuroscientists for one day. more

German Neuroscience Olympiad

Students from all over Germany compete against each other at a national neuroscience competition at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research more

Erin Schuman elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research director and Brain Prize winner Erin Schuman has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.         more

Erin Schuman is awarded the Brain Prize 2023

Max Planck scientist receives the world’s top prize in neuroscience together with two other researchers

Competition between brain hemispheres during sleep

Human beings are bilaterally symmetrical. As such, our brains are made of two halves called hemispheres, that communicate with each other with specialized fiber tracts running across the midline more

Turtle brain provides insights: Routing activity in the visual cortex

New study uses computer simulations to explore how patterns of spikes propagate in neuronal networks constrained by the turtle visual cortex. more

Institute Visit by the Max Planck Society’s President-Elect

On February 9, 2023, Professor Dr. Patrick Cramer, the President-elect of the Max Planck Society, paid a visit to the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research as part of his ambitious plan to visit all 86 Max Planck Institutes. more

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