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Redesigning brain circuit

Redesigning brain circuit

March 31, 2020
Rüdiger Klein receives an ERC Advanced Grant to analyze the development of amygdala circuits [more]
Shaping the social networks of neurons
Identification of a protein complex that attracts or repels nerve cells during development [more]
When cells become cannibals

When cells become cannibals

October 08, 2019
Max Planck scientists describe mechanism of partial phagocytosis [more]
Safe on your feet: Sense of touch is more important than expected
Neurons in the spinal cord integrate tactile information and help coordinate walking [more]
Award for outstanding publications
Susanne Falkner and co-first authors Daniel del Toro & Tobias Ruff receive „Young Scientist Award“ [more]
Brain region mediates pleasure of eating
Neurons in the amygdala link food consumption to reward [more]
The formation of folds on the surface of the brain
Adhesion of migrating neurons influences the folding of the cerebral cortex [more]
Hungry cells on the move

Hungry cells on the move

September 06, 2016
Researchers discover a signalling pathway that enables cells to reach their destinations through repulsion [more]
Cells send out stop signs
Signaling molecules can make neuronal extensions retract at a distance [more]
Irina Dudanova receives <em>For Women in Science</em> award
UNESCO-L'Oréal prize helps excellent female scientists to continue their career while having children [more]
Navigation for nerve cells

Navigation for nerve cells

October 22, 2014
FLRT proteins direct precursors of pyramidal cells to their destination by attractant and repellent signals [more]
Neurons in a forest of signposts
Proteases help nerve cells to navigate [more]
Sociable receptors: in pairs, in groups or in a crowd
The proportion of different receptor groups in the cell membrane determines whether cell repulsion takes place [more]
Parkinson gene: Nerve growth factor halts mitochondrial degeneration
New link discovered between processes associated with a Parkinson’s-related gene defect [more]
Two-way traffic in the spinal cord
New cell type paves the way for movement-related nerve fibres [more]
EU grant awarded for dementia research
Max Planck researchers receive 13.9 Million Euros in EU funding [more]
New signpost for migrating nerve cells
Scientists find a completely new function for a known protein family [more]
Sensitive nerve cells

Sensitive nerve cells

April 06, 2010
A massive loss of nerve cells as seen in Parkinson's disease is triggered off only when three conditions are met [more]
Kai Kessenbrock, Yishai Elyada and Alessandro Filosa receive Outstanding Paper Award
This year, three young scientists are honoured for their publications [more]
Star-shaped cells in the brain aid with learning
The astrocytes have a say in how efficient nerve cells exchange information [more]
A molecule keeps anxiety down
The correct number of Eph receptors on the surface of nerve cells makes it possible to create a meaningful link from experiences to emotions [more]
Health care system for aging nerve cells
Signaling Ret-receptors protect the live of nerve cells in the aging brain [more]
Natural cancer inhibition
Scientists identified a protein in the body of mice which inhibits cell division of skin cells and may thus prevent the development of tumors [information in German]. [more]
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