Three new ERC Grants for young Tübingen Max Planck scientists

ERC Grants for three Tübingen Max Planck scientists (from left): Michael Hothorn, Fulvia Bono and Wolfram Antonin. Photo: Gertrud Scheer/MPI for Developmental Biology

Fulvia Bono, Wolfram Antonin and Michael Hothorn receive competitive European research funding[more]


„Transkonder und andere Arten“

Picture: Annette Janle

Annette Janle is presenting her pictures at the Max Planck House. [more]


The Golden Neuron 2012

Moshe Abeles. Picture: private

First Valentino Braitenberg Award goes to the Israeli neuroscientist Moshe Abeles [more]


Populations survive despite many deleterious mutations

How a ratchet works: The gear wheel can only rotate anti-clockwise -- rotation in clockwise direction is blocked. Illustration: MPI for Developmental Biology

Max Planck scientist investigates the evolutionary model of Muller’s ratchet[more]


Exhibition of abstract watercolors

Work of art of Ingrid Krüger in the exhibition "Layers" at the Max Planck House. Photo: private

"Layers" - Ingrid Krüger shows her works of art at the Max Planck House[more]


Max Planck Society awards Otto Hahn Medal to Dr. Jakob Macke

Dr. Jakob Macke at the 63. Annual General Assembly of the Max Planck Society in Düsseldorf. Picture: Max Planck Society

Statistical models help to unravel neural coding[more]


Conscious perception is a matter of global neural networks

Neurons in the lateral prefrontal cortex represent the content of consciousness. The red trace depicts neural activity (neuronal discharges) in the lateral prefrontal cortex when a stimulus is consciously perceived for 1 second while the green trace depicts neural activity when the same stimulus is suppressed from awareness. Graphic: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

New findings support the view that the content of consciousness is not localised in a unique cortical area[more]


Rare neurons discovered in monkey brains

Macaque Von Economo Neuron retrogradely labeled in anterior Insula. Picture: Henry Evrard / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Max Planck scientists discover brain cells in monkeys that may be linked to self-awareness and empathy in humans. [more]


Felix Tritschler receives Otto Hahn Medal

Felix Tritschler. Photo: private

Former PhD student of the Department of Biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology wins award for his thesis[more]


Max Planck House Tübingen presents works of art of Helga Mayer

Work of art of Helga Mayer in the exhibition "Similar in the dissimilar" at the Max Planck House. Photo: Helga Mayer

Exhibition „Similar in the dissimilar“[more]


Various Research Methods - One Subject: The Brain

Arial view of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Picture: Manfred Grohe / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

During the Girls’ Day 16 girls will get an insight in the research concerning the brain conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.[more]



Electron microscopic picture of the brain. Picture: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Funded in the area of the ‘Future and Emerging Technologies’ programme, SICODE will open new perspectives for patients affected by paralysis and motor disabilities[more]


Michael Hothorn wins Career Development Award

Michael Hothorn in front of a model image of a receptor kinase. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Project funding by the Human Science Frontier Program in the life sciences[more]


Seeing movement: Why the world in our head stays still when we move our eyes

When visually tracking a moving object, we perceive the world as stable, despite its movement across the retina. This picture illustrates the motion-blur on the retina when an observer either tracks a moving object or keeps the eyes still on the background. Graphics: Andreas Bartels, Elvira Fischer / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics; Modified from Photos of shutterstock.com

Scientists from Tübingen discovered new functions of brain regions that are responsible for seeing movement[more]


Tiny holes in the envelope make bacteria waste away

Equipment for electrophysiological measurements - detail. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

How dermcidin, a natural antibiotic found in sweat, affects microorganisms[more]


Herbert Schmidt presents his pictures in the Max Planck House

"swimming" - Work of art of Herbert Schmidt (Detail). Photo: Herbert Schmidt

Exhibition "step by step" with new works of the artist[more]


Short-term memory is based on synchronized brain oscillations

A monkey is performing a classical visual memory task: an image was shown to the animal. After a brief interval the animals were either shown the same image again or a different one and had to indicate whether the second image was the same as the first one. Graphic: Stefanie Liebe, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Scientists have now discovered how different brain regions cooperate during short-term memory[more]


Elisa Izaurralde awarded Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2012

Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2012: Elisa Izaurralde. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology receives award for groundbreaking research in RNA biology[more]


Elisa Izaurralde appointed adjunct professor

Elisa Izaurralde, adjunct professor of the University of Tübingen. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Expression of the close relations to the University of Tübingen[more]


Multisensory integration: when correlation implies causation

The experimental set-up. Picture: Jochen Kopp/University of Bielefeld; Kopp and Parise

How the brain merges together sights and sounds[more]


Playing music alters the processing of multiple sensory stimuli in the brain

A segment of the audiovisual speech (left) and music (right) stimulus. Image: HweeLing Lee/MPI for Biological Cybernetics.

Piano practicing finetunes the brain circuitries that temporally bind signals from our senses[more]


Attention and awareness uncoupled

Bi-stable visual stimuli used for awareness studies. Left diagram shows a classical example, the Necker cube, where the surface depth perception switches over time. On the right, a binocular rivalry stimulus is shown. By putting one grating in one eye and the other grating in the other eye, our percept starts to switch between the two gratings. Interestingly, as in our main stimuli, the unpatterned donut region also takes over the left grating when the right stimulus is perceived. They are ideal and widely used tools to investigate the neural correlate of visual awareness because our percept switches while the physical stimulus remains constant. Graphics: MPI for Biological Cybernetics

Brain imaging experiments uncouple two apparently intimately connected mental processes[more]


Colorful and shining squares

Art of Uta Albeck

Uta Albeck presents her pictures at the Max Planck House[more]


Simple nerve cells regulate swimming depth of marine plankton

In the nervous system of Platynereis (white) some different neuropeptides have been discovered. They are stained in different colors. Image: Albina Asadulina and Markus Conzelmann, Group of Gáspár Jékely/MPI for Developmental Biology

Ciliary beating of Platynereis gives insights into an ancestral state of nervous system evolution[more]


Day of the Open House on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Day of the Open House on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen. Graphic: Martin Vötsch, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Research about genes and brain - to see, hear and participate[more]


Epigenetic changes don’t last

First comprehensive inventory of epigenetic changes over several generations shows that these often do not last and therefore probably have limited effects on long-term evolution.[more]


Ob Pflanzen wachsen oder wehrhaft sind: Wilhelm-Pfeffer-Preis für Nachwuchsforscher

Marco Todesco entnimmt Proben von Arabidopsis-Pflanzen, um zu analysieren, welche die Genvariante zur Abwehr von Mikroben und Fressfeinden enthalten. Foto: Jörg Abendroth/ Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie

Marco Todesco erhält Auszeichnung der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft[more]


Double appointment with the Max Planck Institutes and the University of Tübingen

Karsten Borgwardt. Photo: Jörg Abendroth/MPI for Developmental Biology

Professorship awarded to research group leader Karsten Borgwardt[more]


1001 Genome-Project – On the way to a complete catalog of the Arabidopsis genome

Different mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana. Picture: Detlef Weigel / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Thanks to its flexible genome the plant can adapt to various environmental conditions[more]


Voice cells for voice recognition

Two rhesus monkey calls (top: sound amplitude over time; bottom: energy for each frequency over time). Illustration: Catherine Perrodin/MPI for Biological Cybernetics.

Specific nerve cells process vocal information from conspecifics[more]


Swarm Teleoperation – enhancing the communication in flying robot systems

The Quadcopter is a small, approximately 16 inches in diameter, unmanned aerial vehicles (UVA’s), navigated by a human operator. Picture: Martin Breidt / Max Planck Institute fpr Biological Cybernetics.

With the help of computer simulations and prototypes Max Planck researchers are trying to enhance the communication in human and multi-robot interactions. [more]


How the modular structure of proteins permits evolution to move forward

Scanning electron micrograph of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Image: Jürgen Berger/MPI for Developmental Biology

The development of identical egg laying organs of two nematode species is regulated by different signaling pathways[more]


Deeper insight into the activity of the cortex

Left is an image of a cross-section through the whole mammalian brain that shows both brain hemispheres (solid white outline) as well as the overlaying cerebral cortex which is made up of many layers (I – VI). On the right hemisphere are brain cells, neurons, labeled with a genetically encoded fluorescent marker that reports back the cells activity by fast changes in brightness. This image has been taken from a brain slice post mortem where the lower limit of the cortex can be seen (dotted white line). Right, this image shows the same deep layer V brain cells (red box) labeled with the genetically encoded fluorescent marker but actually imaged non-invasively from a living animal using a modified multiphoton microscope, or RAMM approach. This allows scientists to study activity in neuronal populations deep in the cortex of an awake behaving animal and will lead to a deeper understanding of how cortical networks perform computations. Picture: Wolfgang Mittmann, Jason Kerr / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.

Max Planck Scientists can image the processing of information deeper in the cortex with the help of a new multiphoton microscope design[more]


Detlef Weigel received State Research Prize of Baden-Württemberg at the award ceremony in Tübingen

Award ceremony of the State Research Prize of Baden Württemberg 2011. Rupert Handgretinger, Detlef Weigel, Markus Brock (from left to right). Picture: Friedhelm Albrecht; University of Tübingen.

Minister Theresia Bauer emphasizes the importance of freedom in fundamental research [more]


Max-Planck-Direktor Heinrich Bülthoff will give a talk at the 'Tübinger Innovationstagen'

An envisioned Personal Aerial Vehicle. Graphic: Gareth Padfield, Flight Stability and Control

Human-Machine-Interface: The new EU-Project "myCopter"[more]


New tasks attributed to Aurora proteins in cell division

Scanning electron micrograph of fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe). Illustration: Jürgen Berger/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Press release of the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory and the University of Tübingen - New information from fission yeast provides clues for research on cancer treatments[more]


"Minus est plus"

"Hochrad". Graphic of Hans-Jürgen Sesterheim

Hans-Jürgen Sesterheim presents his graphics at the Max Planck House[more]


Marco Todesco receives Otto Hahn Medal

Marco Todesco, currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in the Molecular Biology department. Picture: Jörg Abendroth / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

PhD thesis about the natural variation of plants wins award[more]


Detlef Weigel receives State Research Prize of Baden Württemberg

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel. Picture: Anne Faden / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology Tübingen.

What are the mechanisms that are responsible for the adaptive variation of plants and what role do they play in speciation?[more]


[Translate to English:] Die neue International Max Planck Research School „From Molecules to Organisms“

[Translate to English:] Poster des Doktoranden-Programms IMPRS "From Molecules to Oranisms". Photo: Jörg Abendroth; Design: Stefanie Huber / Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsinstitut.

[Translate to English:] Strukturiertes Doktorandenprogramm mit interdisziplinärer Ausrichtung[more]

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