FAU And Max Planck Sign Innovative Agreement To Recruit And Retain Promising Scientists

Oct 30, 2015, 09:05 ET from Florida Atlantic University

BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Florida Atlantic University, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) and the Max Planck Society based in Germany, have signed an innovative agreement to facilitate a research and education program that will recruit promising scientists to MPFI and FAU.

These early-career recruits will be exposed to career development opportunities typically available to more seasoned faculty, including tenure-track appointments at FAU, and have the opportunity to work on FAU's John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, Fla. This new agreement adds to a previous one and is another big step for the FAU\MPFI burgeoning partnership as these new recruits will explore diverse approaches to understanding brain function including the neural basis of sensory processing, motor control and learning and memory.

This furthers FAU's and MPFI's ability to jointly apply for federal, state and private grant funding opportunities, expand academic programming and conduct collaborative research toward enabling discovery of better treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

"There is no limit to what we can accomplish in tandem with our partner Max Planck," said FAU President John Kelly. "Together, we will recruit the best talent to our neurosciences hub on our Jupiter campus as we jointly address health issues that impact us globally."

As part of the agreement, FAU and MPFI will develop recruitment processes and jointly select the FAU/MPFI new faculty members. The new recruits will have access to both FAU's and MPFI's scientific core facilities and cutting-edge equipment, including a state-of-the-art electron microscope housed at MPFI, which can only be found in a handful of places in North America.

"This is a one-of-a-kind program that will be based here in Florida at the only U.S. institute of the Max Planck Society," said David Fitzpatrick, CEO of MPFI. "Max Planck Society will recruit promising scientists to work at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and to ultimately have the opportunity to obtain tenure-track positions at FAU and to help train the next generation of neuroscientists."

FAU and MPFI currently offer an integrative biology doctoral degree at FAU with an emphasis in neuroscience. The program, known as IBAN (Integrative Biology and Neuroscience), is based on FAU's Jupiter campus. IBAN students explore cutting-edge questions in neuroscience through the integration of multiple disciplines, different model systems and a broad spectrum of technologies.

MPFI and FAU also are in collaboration with University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany), and the Center for Advanced European Studies and Research (Bonn, Germany), to globalize education in brain research with an all-new International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Brain & Behavior. This program, with North American headquarters in South Florida, offers its students a world class, competitive doctoral program while giving them the unique opportunity to learn, train and work in other countries.

Earlier this year, FAU, MPFI and The Scripps Research Institute announced plans to collaborate to create education programs to attract the best and brightest students to Palm Beach County and to strengthen the county's position as a hub of scientific inquiry, innovation and economic development. This partnership is providing undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to enroll in degree programs on FAU's Jupiter campus, enabling them to work and study alongside some of the world's leading scientific researchers.

"This new facet of the FAU/Max Planck partnership provides even more opportunities to congregate the brightest minds in the world right here in the heart of South Florida," said Kelly.

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU's world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU's existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

About the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience:

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), a not-for-profit research organization, is part of the world-renowned Max Planck Society, Germany's most successful research organization with over 80 institutes worldwide. Since its establishment in 1948, 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists. It has produced over 15,000 publications, more than 3,000 inventions and over 90 spin-off companies, putting it on par with the best and most prestigious research institutions in the world. As its first U.S. institution, MPFI brings together exceptional neuroscientists from around the world to answer fundamental questions about brain development and function and to develop new technologies that make groundbreaking scientific discoveries possible. Their research is shared publicly with scholars, universities and other organizations around the globe, providing the necessary foundation of knowledge to develop treatments and cures for brain disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. For more information, visit www.maxplanckflorida.org.

About The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science:

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science ( www.mpg.de/en) is an independent, non-profit research organization. Focusing on research fields that are particularly innovative, the 83 Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. More than 15,000 studies by its researchers are published each year in internationally renowned scientific journals.

CONTACT: Gisele Galoustian of FAU, 561-297-2676, ggaloust@fau.edu; Audrey Goff of Max Planck, 561-932-1698, audreyg@moorecommgroup.com

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