The German Research Foundation (DFG) has founded a new research unit headed by Peter Robin Hiesinger that will examine the fundamental principles of brain development. The research unit includes thirteen principal investigators who are involved in nine closely linked research projects that explore how variability affects brain development despite identical genetic information. The researchers working in the nine projects within the research unit use fruit flies as neurogenetic models in order to study how individual imprecisions impact brain development and whether such imprecisions might be a necessary component of brain development in the first place. The award over 4 years totals 4.4M Euro. It followes the recent award of an ERC Advanced Grant to study the role of synaptic promiscuity in brain development earlier this year. Please contact the Hiesinger Lab for more information and opportunities to join these research efforts.