GT Neuro Seminar Series

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    • Monday March 9, 2020
      11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • Location: Krone Engineered Biosystems Building, Room 1005 - Atlanta, GA
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Garrett Stanley, faculty host


Summary Sentence: “A Motor Theory of Sleep Control” - Yang Dan, Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley

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“A Motor Theory of Sleep Control”

Yang Dan, Ph.D.
Paul Licht Distinguished Professor
Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Sleep is a fundamental biological process, and its disruption has profound impacts on human health. Using a variety of techniques including optogenetics, electrophysiology, imaging, and gene expression profiling, we identify key neurons in the sleep control circuits and map their synaptic connections. Sleep appears to be controlled by a highly distributed network spanning the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain, where REM and non-REM sleep neurons are part of the central somatic and autonomic motor circuits. The intimate association between the sleep and autonomic/somatic motor control circuits suggests that a primary function of sleep is to promote biological processes incompatible with movement.

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Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB)

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Faculty/Staff, Postdoc, Graduate students
IBB, go-PetitInstitute, go-neuro
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