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  • Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Exploring Sleep’s Many Roles in Learning and Memory

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    Exploring Sleep’s Many Roles in Learning and Memory

    As we struggle to manage our busy lives, often many of us sacrifice sleep. In fact, one in three Americans does not sleep the recommended seven to nine hours per night. Sleep is intimately connected to our brain’s ability to store memories, so how does our sleep — or the lack thereof — affect this process? Scientists will discuss the effects of sleep on regulation of gene expression, waste accumulation in our brain cells, and our ability to process and prioritize memories. In addition, researchers have discovered three closely related spider species with extraordinarily fast-running biological clocks.

    Moderator: Sigrid Veasey, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Presenters: Seema Bhatnagar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
    Darrell Moore, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn.
    Roy Cox, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
    Monika Schönauer, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

    Press Release