Scientists from the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience provided Congressman Brian Mast and his 8-year-old son Magnum with a behind-the-scenes tour of their Jupiter, Florida based headquarters on Tuesday, August 14. Rep. Mast meet with MPFI CEO & Scientific Director David Fitzpatrick, were given hands-on demonstrations with brain researchers, and toured MPFI’s machine shop where workers showed Congressman Mast and his son how they create custom manufactured parts for scientific experiments. The tour also included a stop at MPFI’s advance microscopy lab, which is part of a recently announced spin-off company, Abberior Instruments America, which chose Jupiter and the Max Planck Florida campus as the North American headquarters for their cutting-edge high-definition imaging operations.

“As leaders in the field of neuroscience, we were excited to have the opportunity to meet with Congressman Mast and reinforce the critical importance of basic science. We were pleased to share with him the work that we are doing to understand the functional organization of the brain, and how this will pave the way for the possible treatment of debilitating neural disorders,” said Dr. Fitzpatrick.

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. 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

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