The Cortex Club connects researchers at the University of Oxford with world-leading neuroscientists through a unique educational forum dealing with cutting-edge topics and significant challenges in neuroscience. Our events range from small intense debates with up-and-coming scientists to large discussion sessions led by internationally prominent speakers, followed by the opportunity to ask them questions over drinks.

Sleep circuitry: linking homeostasis, sedation and stress

Talk will Professor Bill Wisden

DateMay 19, 2021, 4:30 PM GMT

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Topic: Sleep circuitry: linking homeostasis, sedation and stress

Abstract: There are multiple theories as to why we sleep. I will present our lab’s work on what circuitries sense the inexorable drive to sleep when we are sleep-deprived (sleep homeostasis). We are interested in if sedative drugs promote these restorative sleep pathways. I will also talk about powerful new sleep-promoting circuitry we have discovered in the basal ganglia and midbrain, which overlaps with circuitry that responds to stress.