News and research highlights from the department

From amateur to expert

From amateur to expert

September 20, 2021
Mice’s learning skills help researchers pinpointing brain areas where acquired knowledge is stored. [more]
Remember more by taking breaks
Longer breaks during learning lead to more stable activation patterns in the brain. [more]
Picky neurons

Picky neurons

June 18, 2021
In the visual thalamus, neurons are in contact with both eyes but respond to only one. [more]
Simplifying our world

Simplifying our world

April 21, 2021
Mice master complex thinking with a remarkable capacity for abstraction [more]
Tobias Bonhoeffer becomes a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
High distinction for the Max Planck Director from Martinsried [more]
Brain region for close-up exploration
A mouse’s brain creates a multi-sensory impression of the nearby environment [more]
Award for outstanding publications
Susanne Falkner and co-first authors Daniel del Toro & Tobias Ruff receive „Young Scientist Award“ [more]
Science unites cultures

Science unites cultures

January 08, 2018
‘The Science Bridge’ initiative brings together neuroscientists from Western and Middle East/South-Asian countries [more]
Thalamus helps the cerebrum with learning
Contrary to previous belief, learning processes do not occur exclusively in the cerebral cortex [more]
<p>Award for outstanding publications of young scientists </p>
Tobias Rose and Co-first authors Matthias Meier und Etienne Serbe receive „Young Scientist Award“ [more]
New neurons for the brain

New neurons for the brain

October 26, 2016
Transplanted embryonic nerve cells can functionally integrate into damaged neural networks [more]
Tobias Bonhoeffer appointed scientific advisor of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Max Planck Director will help identify new groundbreaking research areas for a healthy human life [more]
Neurons form synapse clusters
The contact points of cells in the cerebral cortex form functional groups [more]
Stable perception in the adult brain
Neurons return to their original state after a change [more]
Outstanding research and publications
Alex Mauss and Fiona Müllner receive Young Scientist Award [more]
Inhibitory synapses influence signals in the brain with high precision
Nerve cell signals can be modulated and blocked by individual contacts [more]
A scientist on take-off - a Nobel Prize winner on landing
Newly crowned Nobel prize winner Edvard Moser visits Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology [more]
Tobias Bonhoeffer joins the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust
The Max Planck director will serve in one of the world's largest charitable foundations [more]
Synapses – stability in transformation
Synapses remain stable if their components grow in coordination with each other [more]
When neurons have less to say, they say it with particular emphasis
Neurons strengthen their synapses in order to remain active after loss of input [more]
Daniel Bölinger and Georg Keller receive Young Scientist Award 2013
Award for exceptional work of young scientists [more]
Max Planck Center in Jerusalem inaugurated
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology are consolidating their partnership with Israeli researchers. They are now jointly investigating how the brain translates perceptions into behaviour. [more]
 Equilibrium in the brain

Equilibrium in the brain

September 06, 2011
Excitation and inhibition remain balanced, even when the brain undergoes reorganization [more]
Book release: Zukunft Gehirn
Scientists sum up our current knowledge within the neurosciences and point out future challenges. [more]
Fewer synapses - more efficient learning
An adhesive protein increases the number of neuronal connections [more]
Tara Keck and Tatiana Tomasi receive Outstanding Paper Award
New award acknowledges outstanding scientific publications of young scientists from the institute [more]
It takes two to tango

It takes two to tango

November 26, 2008
Not only the receiving, but also the transmitting terminal of a nerve cell's synapse is higly adaptable [more]
Forgotten but not gone - how the brain takes care of things
Connections between nerve cells remain intact even when temporarily put out of service [more]
Neighbour's aid for jobless nerve cells
Unexpectedly, even the adult brain can show massive rewiring of nerve cells to compensate for a breakdown in the information flow [more]
Efficient technique enables thinking
Nerve cells are constantly making and breaking contact with other cells. This process allows the cells to very quickly find out which connections are useful and which are not [more]
The building blocks of memory
It takes up to 24 hours before nerve cells actually exchange information via a newly established contact. [more]
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