FAU-MAX PLANCK SIGN INNOVATIVE AGREEMENT

FAUFlorida Atlantic University, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) and the Max Planck Society based in Germany, have signed an innovative agreement to facilitate a research and education program that will recruit promising scientists to MPFI and FAU.

These early-career recruits will be exposed to career development opportunities typically available to more seasoned faculty, including tenure-track appointments at FAU, and have the opportunity to work on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, Fla. This new agreement adds to a previous one and is another big step for the FAU\MPFI burgeoning partnership as these new recruits will explore diverse approaches to understanding brain function including the neural basis of sensory processing, motor control and learning and memory.

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MARCUS NEUROSCIENCE INSTITUTE FIRST IN FLORIDA TO IMPLEMENT NEW THERAPY FOR BACK AND LEG PAIN

Boca Raton Regional HospitalRobert Levy, MD, PhD, Director of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute (MNI) at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the first physician in the state of Florida to use the latest and most advanced form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) as a method to treat patients with chronic back and leg pain. The Senza® SCS system, developed by Nevro Corporation, is a spinal cord stimulator that has demonstrated superior results as compared to standard stimulation systems, with patients achieving approximately a 50% greater improvement in pain score than those with traditional SCS therapy.

Pain in general is the most common reason for physician visits in the United States. Chronic pain can significantly interfere with a person’s quality of life and functionality. There are a variety of treatment options for chronic pain that range from medications to surgical interventions.

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SCRIPPS FLORIDA SCIENTIST WINS COVETED NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PIONEER AWARD

disneyMatthew D. Disney, a professor on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has been awarded a prestigious 2015 Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award, one of only 13 given this year, enables scientists to develop groundbreaking approaches with a significant impact on broad areas of biomedical science.

“This program has consistently produced research that revolutionized scientific fields by giving investigators the freedom to take risks and explore potentially groundbreaking concepts,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins. “We look forward to the remarkable advances in biomedical research the 2015 awardees will make.”

“This is a great honor not only for Matt and his lab, but for The Scripps Research Institute as well,” said TSRI’s President-Elect Steve Kay. “Matt’s work represents the kind of research the institute is known for—bold, imaginative and aimed at helping those people with the greatest medical needs. Our congratulations to Matt on this well-deserved achievement.”

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PALM BEACH COUNTY WANTS TO EXPAND LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY

test tube graphic 2Palm Beach County‘s life science industry — controversial for the amount of tax dollars sunk into it more than a decade ago — will be put under a microscope for potential expansion.

Business Development Board president Kelly Smallridge on Tuesday unveiled an effort aimed at expanding the county’s life science businesses.

The economic development group is “going back to the table to inventory the county’s life science assets,” Smallridge said.

A $55,000 study by Maryland-based Facility Logix will help the Business Development Board understand the assets of the life science sector and identify gaps to better market the county, she said.

The county’s biotech sector includes Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in Jupiter, about 200 biotech companies, hospitals, and educational programs including Scripps, Max Planck and Florida Atlantic University’s School of Medicine.

Now that Florida’s economy has essentially recovered from the recession, Smallridge said it’s time for economic officials to make a bigger play for science-related businesses as well as figure how to keep spin-off companies from the institutes in the area.

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