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16 Jan 2022

New Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior – caesar now full member of the Max Planck Society

Since January 01st 2022, the research center caesar in Bonn has become the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior – caesar. Scientists from more than 35 nations study how the collective activity of vast numbers of neurons gives rise to the variety of animal behaviors across many species. They are now part of a large network that offers not only new scientific infrastructures, exchange and collaborations, but also a wide range of training and career opportunities. “Bringing the institute into the Max Planck family is an exciting time for us” agree the two directors Jason Kerr and Kevin Briggman.

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9 Nov 2021

Seeing what they see – a new method to reconstruct the point-of-view of a freely moving animal

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16 Feb 2021

Cells decide their fate collectively

It is one of the great mysteries in biology - from apparently uniform stem cells, a plethora of diverse, specialized cell types arise through so called differentiation processes. Although we know that the special functions of the cells are founded in the genes, one central question still remains open: How is this differentiation process controlled? What ensures that the vital proportions of cell types are present within the population?

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22 Jan 2021

Cannibal worms spare their own brood - New caesar research group investigates self-recognition systems in nature

New caesar research group "Self-recognition and cannibalism" investigates self-recognition systems in nature, headed by neurobiologist Dr. James Lightfoot.

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7 Jan 2021

Keeping Sperm Cells on Track - Researchers point to a new mechanism underlying male infertility

One essential component of each eukaryotic cell is the cytoskeleton. Microtubules, tiny tubes consisting of a protein called tubulin, are part of this skeleton of cells. Cilia and flagella, which are antenna-like structures that protrude from most of the cells in our body, contain many microtubules. An example of flagell is the sperm tail, which is essential for male fertility and thus for sexual reproduction. The flagellum has to beat in a very precise and coordinated manner to allow progressive swimming of the sperm. Failure to do so can lead to male infertility. Researchers at the Institut Curie in Paris, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden, the research center caesar in Bonn together with the University of Bonn, the Institut Cochin in Paris and the Human Technopole in Milan now show that one particular enzymatic modification of the protein tubulin, called glycylation, is essential to keep sperm swimming in a straight line. These findings imply that a perturbation of this modification could underlie some forms of male infertility in humans.

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3 Sep 2020

On a quest for a magnetic compass – caesar researcher Pascal Malkemper awarded with an ERC Starting Grant

He is on a fascinating quest to understand a mysterious sense in an exotic animal: Pascal Malkemper, leader of the Max Planck Research Group “Neurobiology of Magnetoreception” at the research center caesar. This mission has just received a substantial boost: Malkemper is awarded with a prestigious ERC Starting Grant by the European Research Council. These highly competitive grants enable outstanding scientists to establish themselves as upcoming research leaders.

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20 Jul 2020

Summer school opens insight into neuro research

The Corona pandemic particularly affects the education of schoolchildren. Not only is learning in schools severely restricted. Excursions and extracurricular learning opportunities are also hardly feasible. A special online summer school offered by the caesar research centre fills this gap. There are still places available for the course from 03 - 06 August 2020.

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3 Jun 2020

Newly discovered ion channel family makes fish sperm move

Fish live in fresh and sea water. How does their sperm adapt to the different habitats?

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4 May 2020

Observing the freely behaving brain: new publication in "Nature Methods"

Scientists working at caesar have developed a small head-mounted microscope that allows access to the inner workings of the brain. The new system enables measurement of activity from neuronal populations located in the deep cortical layer with single-cell resolution, in an animal that is freely behaving.

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28 Apr 2020

New resarch group: "Cellular Computations and Learning"

New group researches information processing in cells.

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