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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

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

The image shows a tile with pictures of 10 Max Planck researchers who were successful in the 2022 ERC Consolidator Grant award process. They are Annalisa Pillepich, MPI for Astronomy, Philip J.W. Moll, MPI for Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Simone Kuehn, MPI for Education Research, Joshua Wilde, MPI for Demographic Research Meritxell Huch, MPI for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dora Tang, MPI for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Aljaz Godec, MPI for Multidisciplinary Natural Sciences, Stéphane Hacquard, MPI for Plant Breeding Research, Hiroshi Ito, MPI for Brain Research, and Daniel Schramek, MPI for Molecular Genetics.

This result puts Max Planck in second place in a Europe-wide comparison more

ERC Consolidator Grant for Hiroshi Ito

Frankfurt neuroscientist receives his second ERC grant to study the neural mechanism of spatial navigation. more

Vanessa Stempel gets awarded a three-year grant for her research

We are pleased to announce that Vanessa Stempel, Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, receives a research award from the Behrens-Weise Foundation more

De-centralizing the central dogma: mRNA translation in space and time

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research discuss how local translation and its spatiotemporal regulation have expanded our conceptual understanding of genetic information flow within a cell (the Central Dogma). more

In the zone for memories

In the zone for memories

January 06, 2023

The neocortex is the largest and most complex part of the brain, and has long been recognized as the ultimate storage site for memories. But how are traces of past events and experiences laid down there? more

52nd Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research awarded to Erin Schuman and Christine Holt

The neuroscientists are honored for their pioneering work shedding light on the role of local protein synthesis in neuronal development and function more

Dragons and Brain Evolution

Dragons and Brain Evolution

September 01, 2022

A molecular atlas of an Australian dragon’s brain sheds new light on over 300 million years of brain evolution more

Different flavors of inhibition save the day

Scientists gain insights on how deprivation-induced synaptic changes affect excitatory and inhibitory firing rates in the sensory cortex more

Two individual research grants for Hiroshi Ito

The Max Planck Research Group Leader secures DFG funding for his studies on spatial navigation more

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