From the most extraordinary feats of the human mind to the most basic mechanisms of survival, a neuron cannot perform in isolation. It is the extraordinarily complex ensembles of neurons working in concert that provides us our ability to think, to feel, and to move. Thousands of unchartered pathways hold the key to understanding both the function and dysfunction of the human brain.
At the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), our research is focused on neural circuits. Our scientists investigate fundamental aspects of these critical networks within the brain and develop new technologies that make groundbreaking discoveries possible. The knowledge emerging from this basic research is shared publicly with universities and institutions around the world to serve as a foundation for developing new treatments and cures for brain disorders.
As part of the prestigious Max Planck Society based in Germany, MPFI is the first and only institute of its kind in North America, providing a vibrant, interactive environment where scientists are provided substantial ongoing support to conduct high impact research at the cutting edge. With a global network of over 80 Max Planck Institutes worldwide and 15 Max Planck Institutes and Partners investigating aspects of brain science, ours is a unique infrastructure of collaboration, inspiration, and support in scientific discovery.