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When food smells contradicting, the learning centre aids decision-making

Decisions in the fly brain

When food smells contradicting, the learning centre aids decision-making
Motion direction is computed by similar types of neural circuits

Flies and Mice

Motion direction is computed by similar types of neural circuits
Opponent activity of a new type of neuron is responsible for selective motion vision

Cellular motion filter

Opponent activity of a new type of neuron is responsible for selective motion vision
How an approaching object triggers a flight reaction in the fish brain

Fish on the run

How an approaching object triggers a flight reaction in the fish brain
Bert Sakmann recognized for excelling contributions to global neuroscience research

Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Bert Sakmann recognized for excelling contributions to global neuroscience research
Reconstruction of all nerve cells and their connections within reach

The brain's circuit diagram

Reconstruction of all nerve cells and their connections within reach
One million Euros for the development and application on the two-photon microscope

Brain Prize 2015

One million Euros for the development and application on the two-photon microscope
Prey is recognised even by the zebrafish retina

Which dot will they hunt?

Prey is recognised even by the zebrafish retina

<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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