Public Release: 

Max Planck Florida's Sunposium 2017 Neural Circuits Conference

Plenary lectures from Thomas Südhof, Susumu Tonegawa, and Emmanuelle Charpentier

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

Once again, several of the world's most esteemed neuroscience researchers will gather in Palm Beach County to speak at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience's (MPFI) international conference highlighting many of the most complex issues at the forefront of understanding neural circuits. The highly attended event, known as Sunposium™, repeatedly attracts the brightest global minds in neuroscience to a unique -- and enjoyable -- winter educational event in the South Florida sunshine.

Sunposium™ 2017, MPFI's biennial neural circuits conference, will be held February 13-14, 2017 at Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach Florida.

A total of seven Nobel laureates have been featured speakers at MPFI's past two Sunposium™ events (2012 and 2015), with an additional two laureates in the 2017 program.

The 2-day event's featured speakers are David Anderson (California Institute of Technology), Ed Boyden (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Emmanuelle Charpentier (Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology), Lu Chen (Stanford University), Graeme Davis (University of California San Francisco), Cagla Eroglu (Duke University), Yukiko Goda (RIKEN Brain Science Institute), Bill Hansson (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology), Fritjof Helmchen (University of Zurich), Andrew Huberman (Stanford University), Rüdiger Klein (Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology), Dayu Lin (New York University), Michael Long (New York University), Thomas Mrsic-Flogel (University of Basel), Kang Shen (Stanford University), Inna Slutsky (Tel Aviv University), Thomas Südhof (Stanford University), Susumu Tonegawa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Samuel Young, Jr. (Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience).

The conference will include four educational sessions and an evening poster session.

The presentation of MPFI's Peter Gruss Young Investigator Award will also take place during the conference and the fourth plenary will be delivered by award recipient. Applications for the award will be accepted until August 1, 2016 and the recipient will be announced in October 2016.

MPFI will also sponsor several undergraduate neuroscience students from local universities to attend the conference as part of their Max Planck Florida Scientific Fellows program.

Registration will open mid-September 2016. A sign-up for conference updates and registration information is available online.


About Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (Jupiter, Florida, USA) specializes in the development and application of novel technologies for probing the structure, function, and development of neural circuits. It is the first research institute of the Max Planck Society in the United States.

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.