National program creates opportunities to support the Max Planck Florida Institute's neural circuit research focused on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Epilepsy and other brain disordersJUPITER, Fla., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Obama administration formally announced its plan to fund the development of a comprehensive map of the brain's activity with a project called Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN), starting with an initial investment of $100 million in 2014. The 10-year research project is strongly supported by the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in Jupiter, Fla. Scientists at the Institute claim this is a prime time to make such a strategic investment. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130403/FL88051LOGO ) "In the last five years, we've only just cracked open the door to technologies that make the impossible finally possible," said Dr. David Fitzpatrick, a former Professor of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine who is now the scientific director and CEO of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience – the first Institute outside of Europe for Germany's renowned Max Planck Society. "You can't fix it if you don't know how it works. If we can't get to this detailed level of understanding of brain organization and activity, then we're not going to be in a position to effectively address brain disorders." The Max Planck Florida Institute's nine distinct research groups are currently investigating the many remaining mysteries of the brain. Scientists are focused on neural circuits, the complex synaptic networks of the brain that hold the key to developing effective treatments for a host of neurological and psychiatric disorders and diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, autism and schizophrenia. Dr. Fitzpatrick believes there will be great opportunities for his Institute to support and benefit from the new BRAIN research program.