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

Cécile Vogt: Gender, Politics and the Perception of Excellence in Brain Sciences

A panel discussion on the recent biography of Cécile Vogt, a pioneer of brain sciences and co-founder of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Brain Research more

Silence for thought: special interneuron networks in the human brain

Scientists map prominent differences in the neural circuits of mice, monkeys, and human more

Otto Hahn Medal for Young Researcher

Caspar Glock is recognized by the Max Planck Society for outstanding scientific achievements during his doctoral work more

Never Forget

Never Forget

May 27, 2022

A memorial sculpture at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research commemorates the tragic history of the predecessor institute during the Third Reich more

ERC Advanced Grant for Erin Schuman

The Frankfurt Neuroscientist receives her third ERC Advanced Grant to study specialized compartments in neurons more

Julijana Gjorgjieva is awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

DFG and BMBF award the neuroscientist with the most important prize for early career researchers in Germany more

Erin Schuman wins the FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award 2022<br /> 

The neuroscientist is honoured for her exceptional achievements in the life sciences and for being an inspiring role model more

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Max Planck Institutes jointly host a film viewing and discussion night featuring “Girl Rising”, a documentary that aims to change the way the world values girls and their education more

Alison Barker awarded an ERC Starting Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) awards its first early-career research grants under Horizon Europe more

Two new research groups at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

Alison Barker and Vanessa Stempel joined the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research as new research group leaders in 2021. Alison Barker brings a new model organism to the institute: her group will work on the neural mechanisms underlying social communication in naked mole rats. Vanessa Stempel’s group studies the neural circuits underlying adaptive instinctive behaviours, working at the interface of neuroethology and -physiology. more

2021 Institute Awards

2021 Institute Awards

December 17, 2021

The 2021 Friends of the MPI for Brain Research Science Discovery and Science Support Award laureates have been announced. more

Neurons differentiate between novel and familiar stimuli

Scientists unravel circuit and synaptic mechanisms that allow animals to distinguish between unexpected and predictable stimuli more

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