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

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 APPLYING 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)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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In stark contrast to the vast importance of the brain, our understanding of the brain remains one of the greatest challenges of today. At MPFI, we relentlessly pursue the boundaries of knowledge to uncover answers to fundamental questions about the brain. Today, there is a large gap in what we know about the brain that limits significant advances in treatments and cures for brain disorders.

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

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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.

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 156 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

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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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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MAX PLANCK FLORIDA CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 8/3/2021
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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 Freeh

Freeh Group International Solutions

Neen Hunt

The Mary Woodard Lasker Charitable Trust

Kenneth Kahn

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Nasser Kazeminy

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Becky Mayer

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Michael Mitrione

Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Gregory Novak

Polsinelli, PC

Jane Panattoni

Nonprofit Leader

Bernard Poussot

Retired Chairman, Wyeth

John Sculley

RxAdvance

Markus Schleier

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science

James Weinstein

Immediate past CEO and President, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

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
  • 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 performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/01/2021

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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 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.
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 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.