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Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience receives new grant funding
Date:3/14/2013

FLORIDA, February 5, 2013 The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, the first and only U.S. extension of the prestigious Max Planck Society, today announced it has received approximately $1,257,500 in grant funding from prestigious national and international organizations to fund research into Parkinsons, epilepsy and other neurological disorders. The new institute focuses solely on basic research that aims to analyze, map, and decode the human brainthe most important and least understood organ in the body.

"The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience continues on its mission to provide new and more detailed understanding of the structure, development and functional organization of the nervous system," said Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience Scientific Director and CEO Dr. David Fitzpatrick. "These grants and the research they will support will pave the way for new insights, hopefully leading to advances in treatments and cures for brain disorders ranging from Parkinson's to epilepsy."

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience was awarded $522,500 over two years in funding from the National Eye Institute, one of 27 institutes and centers of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The goal of this project is to develop the next generation of molecular tools to probe the structure, function and development of neurons in the living brain. The research builds on recent technological developments from the world of physics that use laser powered microscopes to see into the living brain, literally watching neurons perform their functions. This same technology can be used to control the activity of neurons with light, making it possible to understand how the interactions between specific populations of neurons contribute to brain function. Further progress in using this technology depends on the development of molecular probes that can be targeted to specific classes of neurons in the brain, and this is the specific
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