On Tuesday, September 6, the Rotary Club of Longboat Key hosted Dr. Matthias Haury, the Chief Operating Officer of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neurosciences, who described the four year journey of the Institute from its inception in Jupiter,Florida, to now being a world leader in understanding how our brains work in health and disease. In addition to Longboat Key Rotarians, 35 guests attended, many invited by Brigitte and Andreas Porwol.
Dr. Haury, an accomplished researcher and Immunologist, shared the overall approach of the Max Planck Institute in Germany as they commenced research operations in Florida with a particular focus on the Neurosciences. The Florida Institute focuses on developing novel and cutting edge approaches to understanding brain functioning as a mandatory precursor to developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Haury shared several of the areas of investigation developed by the MPFI for Neurosciences. These include real time optical imaging of brain nerve cells at work in memory formation, understanding mechanisms that underlie brain cell communication and regeneration, novel gene editing techniques, and how neurological and psychiatric disorders alter the structure and function of brain circuits. These are all necessary steps on the way to specific brain disease treatments and disease prevention.
You can learn more about the Institute at www.maxplanckflorida.org.