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Seminar: Prof Gero Miesenboeck
January 17, 2019 @ 16:15 - 17:15
The Somnostat: Neuronal Machinery for Balancing Sleep Need and Sleep
Thursday 17 January, 4.15pm at the Large Lecture Theatre, Le Gros Clark Building, Oxford
The Cortex Club is delighted to start this year’s seminar series with Prof Gero Miesenboeck, Waynflete Professor at the CNCB Oxford, who will be talking to us about his research on the need for sleep. Please join us on January 17th at the Large Lecture Theatre, located in the Le Gros Clark Building of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics.
If you would like to join us at the pub after the talk, please sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/AYwFmN
Sleep is vital and universal, but its biological function remains unknown. We seek to understand why we need to sleep by studying how the brain responds to sleep loss. Our studies in Drosophila have pinpointed neurons whose sleep-inducing activity switches on as sleep deficits accrue, revealed how this activity switch works, and furnished a molecular interpretation of sleep pressure, its accumulation, and its discharge.