News and research highlights from the department "Molecules - Signaling - Development"

ERC Advanced Grants for six Max Planck researchers

Research Council ERC awards grants of up to 2.5 million euros each more

Redesigning brain circuit

Redesigning brain circuit

March 31, 2020

Rüdiger Klein receives an ERC Advanced Grant to analyze the development of amygdala circuits more

Shaping the social networks of neurons

Identification of a protein complex that attracts or repels nerve cells during development more

When cells become cannibals

When cells become cannibals

October 08, 2019

Max Planck scientists describe mechanism of partial phagocytosis more

Safe on your feet: Sense of touch is more important than expected

Neurons in the spinal cord integrate tactile information and help coordinate walking more

Award for outstanding publications

Susanne Falkner and co-first authors Daniel del Toro & Tobias Ruff receive „Young Scientist Award“ more

Brain region mediates pleasure of eating

Neurons in the amygdala link food consumption to reward more

The formation of folds on the surface of the brain

Adhesion of migrating neurons influences the folding of the cerebral cortex more

Hungry cells on the move

Hungry cells on the move

September 06, 2016

Researchers discover a signalling pathway that enables cells to reach their destinations through repulsion more

Cells send out stop signs

Signaling molecules can make neuronal extensions retract at a distance more

Navigation for nerve cells

Navigation for nerve cells

October 22, 2014

FLRT proteins direct precursors of pyramidal cells to their destination by attractant and repellent signals more

Neurons in a forest of signposts

Proteases help nerve cells to navigate more

Sociable receptors: in pairs, in groups or in a crowd

The proportion of different receptor groups in the cell membrane determines whether cell repulsion takes place more

Parkinson gene: Nerve growth factor halts mitochondrial degeneration

New link discovered between processes associated with a Parkinson’s-related gene defect more

Two-way traffic in the spinal cord

New cell type paves the way for movement-related nerve fibres more

New signpost for migrating nerve cells

Scientists find a completely new function for a known protein family more

Sensitive nerve cells

Sensitive nerve cells

April 06, 2010

A massive loss of nerve cells as seen in Parkinson's disease is triggered off only when three conditions are met more

Kai Kessenbrock, Yishai Elyada and Alessandro Filosa receive Outstanding Paper Award

This year, three young scientists are honoured for their publications more

Star-shaped cells in the brain aid with learning

The astrocytes have a say in how efficient nerve cells exchange information more

A molecule keeps anxiety down

The correct number of Eph receptors on the surface of nerve cells makes it possible to create a meaningful link from experiences to emotions more

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