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MAX PLANCK FLORIDA CORPORATION

Today's basic science - the foundation for tomorrow's cures.

aka Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience   |   Jupiter, FL   |  www.mpfi.org

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Mission

The organization's mission is to expand knowledge of the biosciences, educate and train young scientists for biomedical research and improve human welfare by generating breakthroughs in research to the advancement of medical diagnosis and medical care for the public's benefit.

Ruling year info

2009

Chief Executive Officer / Scientific Director

Dr. David Fitzpatrick

Main address

1 Max Planck Way

Jupiter, FL 33458 USA

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EIN

26-2117502

NTEE code info

(Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis) (H05)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience focuses each and every day on discovering answers to fundamental questions of the brain. Curiosity-driven research provides the most important source of knowledge with long-lasting impact for our society. At MPFI, our research is focused on neural circuits. Our scientists investigate fundamental aspects of these critical networks within the brain and develop new technologies that make groundbreaking discoveries possible. The knowledge emerging from our curiosity-driven research serves as a foundation for developing new treatments and cures for brain disorders. The Max Planck Society's philosophy of discovery intersects with the creativity of the brightest minds from around the world, making impossible discoveries possible. We relentlessly pursue excellence to better understand the complexities of the human brain and drive innovation and scientific leadership for the future of our society.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

General Research

Understanding the functional organization of the nervous system, its capacity to produce perception, thought, language, memory, emotion, and action, remains the ultimate challenge for biology. Meeting this challenge requires forging links between different levels of analysis — genetic, molecular, cellular, circuit, and behavioral — and developing new technologies that make cutting edge scientific discoveries possible.Part of the prestigious Max Planck Society based in Germany, MPFI is its first and only institute in North America. Situated in the growing biosciences cluster in scenic Palm Beach County in South Florida, MPFI provides a vibrant, collaborative environment where scientists are provided generous ongoing support to conduct high impact research at the cutting edge.

Population(s) Served

Best technology and scientific excellence are critical elements of the Max Planck model – what also sets us apart is our profound commitment to scientific training and education.

The Max Planck Academy is our ‘one stop shop’ for all levels of education: for the high school and undergraduate students, for post baccalaureate, graduate, and postdoctoral scientists, as well as for young and established research group leaders.

The Max Planck Academy provides unique opportunities for inspiring professional training led by world class scientists using our unique research and technologies to create an immersive learning experience.

It is key to educate a new generation of scientists with the transformative potential our world needs to overcome the challenges ahead of us.

Population(s) Served

From local community engagement programs to international scientific collaborations, MPFI is committed to sharing our science to make a broad, transformational impact on the world.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of reports written/published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

General Research

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience seeks to provide a new understanding of the origins, development, and function of the nervous system and its capacity to produce perception, thought, language, memory, emotion, and action. Neural Circuits, the complex synaptic networks of the brain, hold the key to understanding who we are, why we behave the way we do, and how the debilitating effects of neurological an psychiatric disorders can be addressed.

Research at MPFI addresses fundamental questions of the brain, such as:
How does the brain change and develop over time?
How do neurons communicate with each other?
What molecules play a role in learning and memory?
How do abnormal connections in the brain relate to disease?

Best technology and scientific excellence are critical elements of the Max Planck model – what also sets us apart is our profound commitment to scientific training and education. The Max Planck Academy is our ‘one stop shop’ for all levels of education: for the high school and undergraduate students, for post baccalaureate, graduate, and postdoctoral scientists, as well as for young and established research group leaders.

Igniting the spark of curiosity and nurturing the ‘sense of wonder’ of the young and creative mind enables the brightest and most inspired young scientists to develop their full potential with an early head start. Allowing them to follow their own ideas at a moment in their career where they are still free from the pressure of competition and the need to demonstrate success, is the key to educate a new generation of scientists with the transformative potential our world needs to overcome the challenges ahead of us.

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. Utilizing cutting-edge technology and providing researchers freedom and flexibility to pursue big questions, MPFI seeks to create an environment where new understandings of the incredibly complex structure and function of the brain. In addition to recruiting top scientists, MPFI offers scientific education programs, allowing students at all levels of learning to participate in research, allowing them to grow as scientists and bringing new perspectives and talent to our research projects.

As part of the world-renowned Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization with over 80 institutes worldwide, MPFI utilizes a global network of scientific collaboration, and equips researchers with the latest in technology, allowing them to create unique tools and novel approaches to questions about how the brain functions.

Since it's founding, Max Planck Florida researchers have seen their research published more than 200 times and won prestigious awards including two of the NIH's prestigious pioneer awards; the NIH Outstanding Investigator Research Program Award; the prestigious Searle Scholarship; BOTH of the two Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience awarded in 2020; and many others. International imaging company Zeiss Microscopy selected Max Planck Florida as a "Labs at Location" partner in recognition of MPFI's advanced electron microscopy expertise. Through this partnership, MPFI researchers have access to newly developed technology before it is commercially available. MPFI researchers have developed novel techniques to isolate and visualize neurons and neuronal activity that created new avenues for understanding how these neurons and their corresponding synapses function. As the institute continues to grow and add new research groups, prospects for continued success are excellent.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MAX PLANCK FLORIDA CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Asifa Akhtar

Director, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

Term: 2020 -

George Elmore

Hardrives, Inc.

David Fitzpatrick

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

Louis J. Freeh

Freeh Group International Solutions

Neen Hunt

Hulse Leadership Development, former executive at The Mary Woodard Lasker Charitable Trust

Kenneth F. Kahn

LRP Media Group, Retired

Nasser J. Kazeminy

NJK Holding Corporation

Michael V. Mitrione

Gunster

Gregory V. Novak

Novak Druce Carroll LLP

Jane Panattoni

Nonprofit Leader

Bernard J. Poussot

Retired Chairman, Wyeth

Markus Schleier

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science

James Weinstein

Senior Vice President, Microsoft Healthcare

James W. Harpel

Palm Beach Capital / Two Roads Development

Dirk Basting

Lambda Physik

David Fischer

US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco (Ret.) Suburban Collection (Ret.)

Bill Pope

Sunchase Holdings

Richard Sloane

Entrepreneur

Wendy B. Cox

Nonprofit leader

Kleper De Almeida

Physician

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/31/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.