The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) focuses each day on discovering answers to fundamental questions of the brain. Basic research provides the most important source of new knowledge with long-lasting impact for our society. In collaboration with a world-leading research organization, The Max Planck Society, MPFI takes an uncompromising approach to excellence in uncovering today’s new discoveries that will lead to a better understanding of tomorrow.
MPFI’s research is focused on neural circuits. MPFI scientists investigate fundamental aspects of these critical networks within the brain and develop new technologies that make groundbreaking discoveries possible. The knowledge emerging from this basic research is shared publicly with universities and institutions around the world to serve as a foundation for developing new treatments and cures for brain disorders.
Part of the prestigious Max Planck Society, MPFI is the first and only institute of its kind in North America. Providing a vibrant, interactive environment where scientists are provided substantial ongoing support that empowers them to take on high-risk projects that act as a catalyst for highly-rewarding innovations. With a global network of over 80 Max Planck Institutes worldwide and 15 Max Planck Institutes investigating aspects of brain science, MPFI has a unique infrastructure of collaboration, inspiration, and support in scientific discovery.
MPFI’s 1000,000-square-foot research facility is built on six acres of land on Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) John D. MacArthur Campus. This new, LEED Gold state-of-the-art building includes 58,000 square feet of laboratory space, wet and dry bench research, instrumentation labs, computational research, core imaging facilities, microscope suites, and information technology services. On-site core facilities include: Electron Microscopy, Light Microscopy and Optical Imaging, Mechanical Workshop and Molecular Biology.