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Neurobiologists characterize nerve cells that detect motion by light changes

Cells that show where things are going

Neurobiologists characterize nerve cells that detect motion by light changes
Leibniz Prize and ERC Advanced Grant for former Research Group Leaders

Prestigious awards

Leibniz Prize and ERC Advanced Grant for former Research Group Leaders
Optical illusions show how the fly brain processes information

Relative perception

Optical illusions show how the fly brain processes information
Three trainees of the Institutes receive award for outstanding performances

Outstanding trainees

Three trainees of the Institutes receive award for outstanding performances
Nobel laureate Moser appointed External Scientific Member of the Institute

New external member

Nobel laureate Moser appointed External Scientific Member of the Institute
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
Winfried Denk develops revolutionary new microscopy methods

Zülch Prize 2015

Winfried Denk develops revolutionary new microscopy methods
Nerve cell signals can be modulated and blocked by individual contacts

Inhibitory synapses

Nerve cell signals can be modulated and blocked by individual contacts
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

<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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