Palm Beach County Discovers Excitement of Neuroscience at MPFI

January 25, 2016

_BEN0567More than 700 students and their families gathered at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) on Saturday, December 12, for the Fourth Annual Neuroscience Discovery Day. This all-day community celebration featured hands-on demonstrations with MPFI’s researchers, as well as tours of the institute’s state-of-the-art facility, providing a firsthand look at the valuable work MPFI does to uncover all that is unknown about the brain.

“Neuroscience Discovery Day is one of the many ways we are able to share the cutting edge technologies and wealth of knowledge at MPFI with our community,” said David Fitzpatrick, MPFI’s CEO and Scientific Director. “This event is also an opportunity for us to foster an appreciation for brain research and the incredible work our researchers do. It is our hope that our community is inspired by what they see at today’s event and gain a greater understanding of how MPFI is paving the way for future discoveries today.”

At the event, which was provided free of charge, visitors were able to participate in a variety of activities like Measure Your Muscles, Do-It-Yourself DNA and Rewire Your Brain. There were also experiments, demonstrations, panel discussions and tours held throughout MPFI’s 100,000-square-foot, LEED Gold Certified research facility. Some of the day’s biggest highlights included the “Ask a Scientist” panels, where the public’s questions about brain research were answered by MPFI scientists, and building tours, featuring the mechanical workshop, where attendees could see how MPFI builds the custom equipment and lab parts used during research projects.

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In addition to Neuroscience Discovery Day, MPFI holds a number of events in the community each year to share neuroscience with the public. This year marks the third year that the Institute will hold Science Meets Music, a three-part lecture series accompanied by classical music performances. The 2016 Series features a new partnership between MPFI and The Benjamin School to accommodate a larger audience due to the popular demand of previous events. The next event will be held February 17 at the Royal Poinciana Chapel with a lecture titled “Carpe Diem – Seize the Brain” 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 The Benjamin School. During her presentation, she will discuss new insights into the causes and therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. For more information about these events or to RSVP, please visit the Public Lectures Page under the Events Tab at www.maxplanckflorida.org.

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