News from the institute

From amateur to expert

September 20, 2021

Mice’s learning skills help researchers pinpointing brain areas where acquired knowledge is stored. more

New mouse type reveals when neurons fail to cope with misfolded proteins more

Young Scientist Award 2020 goes to Nikolai Hörmann and Nate Nejc Dolensek more

To fly straight, fruit flies need the ability to detect motion. more

Longer breaks during learning lead to more stable activation patterns in the brain. more

Yunmin Wu receives award for outstanding research more

Picky neurons

June 18, 2021

In the visual thalamus, neurons are in contact with both eyes but respond to only one. more

Bavaria invests up to 500 million euros in the competitive development of the Martinsried Max Planck Campus into an outstanding international research hub more

Simplifying our world

April 21, 2021

Mice master complex thinking with a remarkable capacity for abstraction more

In a tight spot

January 27, 2021

A newly discovered circuit helps fish to prioritize more

New study decodes the molecular diversity of neurons in the zebrafish retina more

Scientific highlights 2020

December 21, 2020

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2020 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

10 years MaxLab

November 24, 2020

With a lot of enthusiasm and a wide range of experiments, the MaxLab brings scientific research closer to the public in a practical and up-to-date way. This year, the students’ and visitors’ laboratory of the Max Planck Institutes in Martinsried looks back on a 10-year success story. more

New method marks proteins and reveals the receptors in which neurons are dressed more

New method will help to unravel brain functions at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution more

Johannes Larsch and Daniel Gehrlach receive the Young Scientist Award 2019 more

Neurons in a visual brain area of zebrafish are arranged as a map for catching prey more

Interview with Yunmin Wu from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, who identified neurons enabling zebrafish to detect motion more

Bavaria builds on research

September 17, 2020

Support for the new Max Planck life science campus in Martinsried and the initiative for quantum computing and quantum technologies more

If selection reinforces a behavior, brain activities soon change as well more

Neuronal circuits in the brain 'sense' our inner state more

New area of application for gene scissors: Optimized proteins for biomedical research more

Higher brain areas receive a functional rather than realistic view of the environment more

High distinction for the Max Planck Director from Martinsried more

The face of a mouse reveals its emotions more

Research Council ERC awards grants of up to 2.5 million euros each more

Redesigning brain circuit

March 31, 2020

Rüdiger Klein receives an ERC Advanced Grant to analyze the development of amygdala circuits more

Identification of a protein complex that attracts or repels nerve cells during development more

The neural code in the fly brain continuously adapts to environmental conditions more

Computer algorithms disassemble prey capture behavior of zebrafish into its components more

Transparent fish larvae reveal how a decision makes its way through the brain more

Larval zebrafish require both global and local visual stimuli to avoid drifting more

When cells become cannibals

October 08, 2019

Max Planck scientists describe mechanism of partial phagocytosis more

Neurons in the spinal cord integrate tactile information and help coordinate walking more

Johannes Larsch receives NARSAD Young Investigator Grant more

The insular cortex processes negative emotions and bodily states more

A mouse’s brain creates a multi-sensory impression of the nearby environment more

Max Planck scientists create the first nerve cell atlas of a vertebrate brain more

Neurobiologists show how movement information flows through the fish brain more

Otto Hahn Medals 2019

June 25, 2019

Aljoscha Leonhardt and Georg Ammer are being honored for their outstanding research more

Neurobiologists train artificial neural networks to map the brain more

Amacrine cell in the fruit fly visual system consists of electrically isolated subunits more

Scientists from Georgia Tech and Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology receive $750,000 grant for research more

Inês Ribeiro and Arne Fabritius recognized for their outstanding publications more

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Georg Kreutzberg, an outstanding neuropathologist and esteemed colleague, passed away on the 20th of March at the age of 86 following a short, but serious illness. more

Recognition for outstanding PhD thesis on fly motion vision more

Zebrafish brain reveals a deceptively simple organization for encoding complex sensorimotor information more

Max Planck neurobiologists show how visual perceptions are translated into behavior more

HS cells correct an unwanted rotation movement by slowing down the legs more

Albert Herz, 1921 – 2018

November 12, 2018

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Albert Herz, an outstanding neuropharmacologist and valued colleague, died peacefully on the 9th of November 2018 at the age of 97 more

How to recognise your own kind

November 01, 2018

Zebrafish identify virtual shoal partners based on motion patterns typical of their species more

Researchers publish building instructions to promote biomedical research more

Spontaneity in the brain

August 31, 2018

Scientists aim to understand how random behavior arises more

Christian Mayer receives ERC Starting Grant to investigate the origin of interneuron variety more

How visual information about other flies reaches the male brain more

Digital image analysis steps up to the task of reliably reconstructing individual nerve cells more

Susanne Falkner and co-first authors Daniel del Toro & Tobias Ruff receive „Young Scientist Award“ more

Award for outstanding, medically relevant scientific achievements more

Pupils will deepen their knowledge in the first Bavaria-wie seminar more

Biologists explain basic mechanisms of color vision in an invertebrate more

Science unites cultures

January 08, 2018

‘The Science Bridge’ initiative brings together neuroscientists from Western and Middle East/South-Asian countries more

Contrary to previous belief, learning processes do not occur exclusively in the cerebral cortex more

Carlos Pantoja receives a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant more

Genetically modified mice deliver first indication that human intestinal bacteria can trigger multiple sclerosis more

Neuronal circuits of fear

September 06, 2017

Nadine Gogolla receives an ERC Starting Grant for the investigation of the insular cortex more

Neurons in the amygdala link food consumption to reward more

Optobow method makes functional connections between individual neurons visible more

Go against the flow

July 12, 2017

How fish detect and keep their position in water flowing with constant velocity more

New method allows linking individual neurons and network activity to behaviour in zebrafish more

Adhesion of migrating neurons influences the folding of the cerebral cortex more

Tobias Rose and Co-first authors Matthias Meier und Etienne Serbe receive „Young Scientist Award“ more

Neurobiologists reveal how the brain of a behaving vertebrate encodes sensory and motor inputs more

Neurobiologists discover important characteristics of the motion detector in the fly brain more

MPIs of Neurobiology and of Psychiatry celebrate their anniversary more

Neurobiologists program a neural network for analyzing the brain’s wiring more

New neurons for the brain

October 26, 2016

Transplanted embryonic nerve cells can functionally integrate into damaged neural networks more

Max Planck Director will help identify new groundbreaking research areas for a healthy human life more

Hungry cells on the move

September 06, 2016

Researchers discover a signalling pathway that enables cells to reach their destinations through repulsion more

Computation of motion by T4 cells in the fly brain more complex than previously believed more

The contact points of cells in the cerebral cortex form functional groups more

Signaling molecules can make neuronal extensions retract at a distance more

Neurons return to their original state after a change more

Receptor modifies how mated fruit flies perceive polyamines more

Polyamine receptors boost food selection and reproductive success more

UNESCO-L'Oréal prize helps excellent female scientists to continue their career while having children more

Neurobiologists show how satiety may influence decisions more

Acknowledgement of research on the neural circuit that processes visual motion more

HFSP Project Grant for advances in optical microscopy more

The new method could help to identify genes and their role in neuropsychiatric disorders more

Alex Mauss and Fiona Müllner receive Young Scientist Award more

The fly brain takes typical features of the environment into account when calculating motion more

Neurobiologists characterize nerve cells that detect motion by light changes more

Amparo Acker-Palmer (Frankfurt) receives an ERC Advanced Grant and Frank Bradke (Bonn) the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Council more

Optical illusions show how the fly brain processes contrast and motion information more

Outstanding trainees

October 06, 2015

Trainee Prize 2015 for three trainees of the Max Planck Institutes in Martinsried more

Edvard Moser, neurophysiologist and Nobel laureate, was appointed External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Neurobiology more

Winfried Denk develops new microscopy methods, thereby revolutionizing neuroscience more

When food smells simultaneously appealing and repulsive, the learning centre aids decision-making more

Nerve cell signals can be modulated and blocked by individual contacts more

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