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Local Neuroscientists Gather for Synapse 2016

Local Universities and Research Institutions Collaborate for the Popular Neuroscience Networking Event

JUPITER, FL—Jan. 29, 2015—More than 200 of the brightest scientific minds in the region gathered today at the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to network and share their research findings. In collaboration with the Palm Beach Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Max Planck Florida Institute (MPFI), Scripps Florida hosted “Synapse 2016,” an annual neuroscience networking event for students and research scientists.

“We couldn’t be more pleased or more excited to host Synapse 2016 at Scripps Florida,” said Ron L. Davis, Ph.D., TSRI’s Department of Neuroscience founding chair. “This is an opportunity for scientists from our campus, Max Planck, FAU and other local institutions to share their research, their ideas and their enthusiasm about the work they’re doing. For those of us who have chosen Palm Beach County to live and work, this is exactly what we hoped would happen—a growing spirit of collaboration that is rapidly becoming the hallmark of the Jupiter scientific community. It’s a great opportunity for everyone in the neuroscience field.”

Representatives from nearby Nova Southeastern University, Torrey Pines Institute and Palm Beach State College also took advantage of the opportunity. More than 30 posters were displayed, covering an impressive range of projects on topics such as behavioral studies, neural computations and molecular neuroscience.

“Collaborative events like Synapse are an example of what makes this Jupiter campus so exciting and valuable for our students and scientists,” said Scientific Director and CEO at MPFI David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. “It’s the perfect opportunity and setting to learn more about the research being done here in Palm Beach County and to explore opportunities to work together.”

The event’s coordinators encouraged interaction by strategically placing scientists of different specialty areas and their posters next to each other to spark conversations. Additionally, the open submission process was designed to allow scientists and students of all levels to have an equal opportunity to present their work.

“All three institutions in the Jupiter community are leading key initiatives from their neuroscience programs,” said Rod Murphey, Ph.D., Jupiter Life Science Initiative director and FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences chair. “It’s an exceptional opportunity for scientists to collaborate and present different ideas on their areas of research.”

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