Scripps/ Max Planck
Max Planck Society
For the first time in its 60-year history, Germany's internationally acclaimed Max Planck Society is underway with the establishment of a research institute in the United States, the Max Planck Florida Institute. Its primary focus is to further global knowledge of bioimaging, by using the most advanced techniques to visualize molecular processes in living tissue. Bioimaging provides a critical opportunity to translate discoveries of basic research into clinical and patient-oriented applications, ultimately improving medical diagnostics and the quality of care. Nobel Laureate Dr. Bert Sakmann serves as the inaugural scientific director for the growing Max Planck Florida Institute, which includes nine scientists and a total staff of 45. The Institute currently has five research groups: Digital Neuroanatomy; Molecular Neurobiology; Synapse Physiology; Cortical Circuits; and Cortical Circuit Function. Collectively, this research can lead to the development and application of new technologies that resolve the inner workings of the brain to facilitate medical diagnostics and treatment for diseases such as Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, mental retardation and others.
The planned 100,000-square-foot research facility with laboratories will be a neighbor to Scripps Florida on six acres at Florida Atlantic University's MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.
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Scripps Florida is a state-of-the-art biomedical research facility, on approximately 30 acres within the boundaries of Florida Atlantic University's Jupiter campus.
Using the latest research technology, researchers at Scripps Florida focus on basic biomedical research and drug discovery. Nearly 300 faculty members and scientific, technical, and administrative staff currently work at the 350,000-square-foot complex. The start-up costs of Scripps Florida—a division of The Scripps Research Institute headquartered in La Jolla, California—were supported by a one-time $310 million appropriation of federal economic development funds by the Florida State Legislature. Palm Beach County provided an economic package that included funding for land and construction of the current permanent facility and related costs.