Nearly 400 Local Residents Bask in MPFI’s Biology of the Blues

January 25, 2016
Nearly 400 Local Residents Bask in MPFI’s Biology of the Blues
Innovative, Three-Part Series Exploring Synergy Between Science and Music Launches in Palm Beach County
Jupiter, Fla. – The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) last night launched the 2016 edition of Science Meets Music, an innovative three-part series featuring a scientific lecture accompanied by a classical music performance, with a crowd of nearly 400 Palm Beach County residents. The first lecture, titled Biology of the Blues, featured a presentation by Dr. Alon Chen, Director of Psychiatry at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, who explored how and why the brain responds to stressors, as well as the link between stress exposure and a variety of disorders. The evening also featured performances by Anastasia Kobekina and Naomi Kudo on the cello and piano, respectively.
“Last night’s launch of the 2016 Science Meets Music event was a tremendous success,” said Dr. David Fitzpatrick, MPFI CEO and Scientific Director. “Not only were attendees thrilled with the new location, but Dr. Chen’s lecture and the talented musical performances literally left the audience requesting more. We are delighted to offer these unique experiences to our community and hope we’ll see even more new faces at our next two events this season.”
Due to overwhelming demand, this free lecture series, now in its third year, features a new partnership with the Benjamin School, a premier venue for performing and visual arts exhibitions, educational forums, and guest lectures.
The second Science Meets Music event will take place on Wednesday, February 17, at the Royal Poinciana Chapel with a lecture on how the brain changes and develops during learning by Dr. Hyungbae Kwon, MPFI’s Cellular Basis of Neural Circuit Plasticity Research Group Leader. Renowned Alzheimer’s researcher Dr. Eva Mandelkow, Max Planck Research Unit for Structural Molecular Biology at DESY, will be featured in the third event, which will take place on March 29 at Benjamin Hall. During her presentation, she will discuss new insights into the causes and therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.
For more information about the Science Meets Music Series, visit
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About the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), a not-for-profit research organization, is part of the world-renowned Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization with over 80 institutes worldwide. Since its establishment in 1948, 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists. It has produced over 15,000 publications, more than 3,000 inventions and over 90 spin-off companies, putting it on par with the best and most prestigious research institutions in the world. As its first U.S. institution, MPFI brings together exceptional neuroscientists from around the world to answer fundamental questions about brain development and function and to develop new technologies that make groundbreaking scientific discoveries possible. Their research is shared publicly with scholars, universities and other organizations around the globe, providing the necessary foundation of knowledge to develop treatments and cures for brain disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, visit

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