Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology

Max­Planck­Research Magazine

Issue 2014


Guided by Light
A zebrafish larva that is only a few days old isn’t yet very mobile: at this age, it is capable of a few vigorous tail movements and not much else. For Herwig Baier at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, however, that’s enough. For him, a simple and, above all, transparent brain is much more important. His particular aim is to switch individual neurons on and off using light and thus discover how the brain controls movement and behavior.
Issue 2013

MaxPlanckResearch 2/2013

Memories Leave Their Traces
In the early days, only a small path connected the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried with the outskirts of Munich. Now a huge biocampus is located on the periphery of Munich, and the path has been transformed into a wide road. According to Tobias Bonhoefffer, learning and memory function in a very similar way: intensively used pathways are expanded, while unimportant routes and dead ends are eliminated.
Issue 2008

MPR 3 /2008

Growth Treatments for Nerve Cells
Mending broken connections between nerve cells in the spinal cord is one of the biggest challenges for neurobiology.
Issue 2006

Heft 2006

Inside a Fly's Head
A thousandth of a gram of nerve cells packed into a cubic millimeter of space: that pretty much sums up the brain of a fly – on the surface, anyway. Yet it’s an amazing organ. In fractions of a second, it translates optical information into steering commands, enabling flies to perform aerial acrobatics. Alexander Borst, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, is studying the circuitry and components of this incredibly high-performance onboard computer.
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