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Florida Atlantic University & Max Planck Florida Institute - Integrative Biology and Neuroscience

Second Annual SYNAPSE 2015 Brings Local Neuroscientists Together

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What began as an educational, research and outreach partnership nearly two years ago has now further solidified as Florida Atlantic University and Max Planck Florida Institute introduce the establishment of their new joint FAU/MPFI Integrative Biology and Neuroscience graduate program. The graduate program will begin recruiting students this year for the Fall 2011 class. Combining the intellectual capacity and resources of these two as well as local institutions will continue to develop this region as a nucleus for neuroscience research and education. The first step in this road map to creating this new center of excellence in neuroscience will be to attract top-notch graduate students locally, nationally, and internationally to FAU and MPFI.

The FAU/MPFI Neuroscience Symposium will feature neuroscience experts from Florida Atlantic University, Max Planck Florida Institute, The Max Planck Society, as well as speakers from local research institutes and other universities located throughout the United States. The symposium will highlight challenges, latest findings and advances to address some of the most complex issues at the forefront of today's neuroscience research. Students and faculty from FAU and other educational institutions as well as scientists from Max Planck Society and other research institutes are invited to participate in this two-day symposium.

Ivan Baines Max Planck Florida Institute
Janet Blanks Florida Atlantic University
Tanja Godenschwege Florida Atlantic University
Rodney Murphey Florida Atlantic University
Samuel Young Max Planck Florida Institute
Janet Blanks Florida Atlantic University
Axel Borst Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
Jason Christie Max Planck Florida Institute
Ron Davis Scripps Florida
Ken Dawson-Scully Florida Atlantic University
David Fitzpatrick Duke University, School of Medicine
Herbert Jäckle Max Planck Society
Madepalli Lakshmana Torrey Pines Institute, Molecular Studies
Rodney Murphey Florida Atlantic University
Edward Large Florida Atlantic University
Marcel Oberlaender Max Planck Florida Institute
R. Clay Reid Harvard Medical School
Gavin Rumbaugh Scripps Florida
James Schummers Max Planck Florida Institute
Nelson Spruston Northwestern University
Robert Stackman Florida Atlantic University
Jenny Wei Florida Atlantic University
Samuel Young Max Planck Florida Institute

Registration Instructions:

Please be aware that you must be a registered attendee in order to attend the FAU/MPFI Neuroscience Symposium. Online registration will be closed Sept 21. Onsite registration will only be available if there are spaces left. Seating is very limited, therefore we ask you to register only for the sessions you are going to attend.

For the full symposium agenda, please click here.

September 28th
Session 1: 9:55am-12am
Session 2: 1pm-2:40Pm
Session 3: 3pm-5:50pm

September 29th
Session 4: 9am-10:15am
Session 5: 10:30-1pm


  • For free registration of faculty, staff and students from FAU or MPFI, please register under the correct registration link using your FAU or MPFI email address.

Other Institutions

  • Early registration for the symposium is $75 by September 21, and $125 after that date. The event is free for students.

Please be advised that regardles of your affiliation, that if you DO NOT register by Sept. 20 at 8 pm, you will be charged (if space is available) the full amount of $125.

To register for the symposium now, please click here.

Driving Directions:

Click here to access mapquest driving directions.


  • Exit #45 at Glades Road and go east approximately 1/2 mile. The entrance to FAU will be on the left.

Florida's Turnpike:

  • Exit #75 at Glades Road and go east approximately 4 miles. The entrance to FAU will be on the left, approximately 1/2 mile east of I-95.

Local Airports:

  • Fort Lauderdale [FLL, 27 miles]
  • West Palm Beach [PBI, 29 miles]
  • Miami [MIA, 50 miles]

Location & Parking:

The event will be taking place in the Senate Chambers of the Student Union (SU-31) on the Florida Atlantic University's campus.

Please use Parking Lot #16, which is adjacent to the Student Union. Please be sure to park in the Blue parking spots only.



Please click the image on the right to enlarge the map.


Cathy Trivigno
Department of Biological Sciences
Florida Atlantic University
John D. MacArthur Campus
5353 Parkside Drive
RF, 206
Phone: 561-799-8514
Email: trivigno@fau.edu

FAU Campuses: Boca Raton/Davie/Dania Beach/Fort Lauderdale/Jupiter/Treasure Coast/Harbor Branch
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