Your brain is your entire world, and it’s ours too
Your brain is intimate. It is personal. In fact, your brain is your everything. It powers your emotions, memories, expressions and thoughts. It drives curiosity and fascination. It enables you to achieve your goals and impact the world around you.
In stark contrast to the vast importance of the brain, our understanding of the brain remains one of the greatest challenges of today. Scientists at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) relentlessly pursue the boundaries of knowledge to uncover answers to fundamental questions about the brain.
Seeking to understand brain disorders
There is a large gap in what we know about the brain that limits significant advances in treatments and cures for brain disorders.
As your control center, your brain powers every action, thought and sense. While there is a great deal known about the brain, there is significantly more that remains unknown. MPFI focuses on bridging this gap of knowledge by studying neural circuits to better understand who we are, why we behave the way we do and how the debilitating effects of neurological and psychiatric disorders can be reduced.
The scientific community at large relies on basic research findings generated from institutions like ours to address questions such as:
- How does the brain change and develop over time?
- How do neurons communicate with each other?
- What molecules play a role in learning and memory?
- How do abnormal connections in the brain relate to disease?