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

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

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