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A small group of nerve cells control swimming direction

Division of labour in the fish brain

A small group of nerve cells control swimming direction
Scientists unravel a neural circuit that could play an important role in autism

Insular cortex alterations in mouse models of autism

Scientists unravel a neural circuit that could play an important role in autism
Tobias Bonhoeffer will serve in one of the world's largest charitable foundations

Governor of the Wellcome Trust

Tobias Bonhoeffer will serve in one of the world's largest charitable foundations
Scientists discover the transmission used by zebrafish to change to another gear

Faster fish thanks to nMLF neurons

Scientists discover the transmission used by zebrafish to change to another gear
Alexander Borst honored for his work in computational neuroscience

Valentino Braitenberg Award

Alexander Borst honored for his work in computational neuroscience
Synapses remain stable if their components grow in coordination with each other

Stability in transformation

Synapses remain stable if their components grow in coordination with each other

<p style="text-align: justify;">The Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (MPIN) is situated in Martinsried, at the southwest border of Munich. The institute is devoted to basic research and investigates the basic functions, structure and development of the brain and the nervous system.<br /><br /></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The central nervous system processes sensory information and controls the body's movements. It enables us to think, remember, feel and plan. Yet how does such a system develop that masters such complex tasks &ndash; often simultaneously - and gives us our individuality? How does a nerve cell find its correct partner cell among millions of other cells? After all, only when the correct contact has been made will it be possible to move a certain muscle or to learn a certain piece of information. How are nerve cells connected within the network? How does the system function, from the molecular level up to the level of the synapses, the cells and the entire neuronal network?<br /><br /> The research takes place at the very boundaries of human knowledge. The scientists thus employ and enhance the latest techniques from the areas of genetics, molecular biology, computer simulations and microscopy.</p>

The Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology

The Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (MPIN) is situated in Martinsried, at the southwest border of Munich. The institute is devoted to basic research and investigates the basic functions, structure and development of the brain and the nervous system.

The central nervous system processes sensory information and controls the body's movements. It enables us to think, remember, feel and plan. Yet how does such a system develop that masters such complex tasks – often simultaneously - and gives us our individuality? How does a nerve cell find its correct partner cell among millions of other cells? After all, only when the correct contact has been made will it be possible to move a certain muscle or to learn a certain piece of information. How are nerve cells connected within the network? How does the system function, from the molecular level up to the level of the synapses, the cells and the entire neuronal network?

The research takes place at the very boundaries of human knowledge. The scientists thus employ and enhance the latest techniques from the areas of genetics, molecular biology, computer simulations and microscopy.

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