Measuring Elite Fitness, Part 2

This week, I participated in the second part of a cardiometabolic study in elite crossfitters. This time around, I actually did a 15 minute crossfit workout. The procedure was similar to last time in which they took measures of blood lactate after each completed round of exercises. It was enjoyable to see a rise in […]

Reaching New Heights

Last week, a track and field record held for 20 years by Sergey Bubka using “unconventional” technique (that soon became conventional) was broken by the reigning Olympic medalist. Bubka was there to watch. Words cannot describe the years of work to achieve. So beautiful!

Posters: optogenetics (of sleep) and more

Today, a majority of the posters investigating mechanisms of sleep and sleep disorders were presented. The scope was very broad ranging from humans, primates, mice, flies, and even the Aplyasia! Here’s what I found remarkable: 1. Optogenetics is hotttt. I’d say that 3 out of 5 basic sleep labs are using this tool to probe […]

Nanosymposia: Control of Sleep

Today, myself and others spoke about sleep regulatory processes on many levels-humans, transgenic mice, and cell culture. Here are some highlights: 1. The brain doesn’t go to sleep as a whole entity but rather in parts. This is called local sleep. 2. The presence of slow wave activity-a marker of physiological sleepiness-is not balanced in […]

Sleep and Circadian DataBlitz

This is always my favorite activity of SfN. It’s not only a time to reconnect with colleagues, but also to see if the field’s trainees are up to the challenge of describing a multi-step study on one slide in one minute. This year’s DataBlitz was held at the Hilton Bayfront from 8-10 pm in the […]

Posters: clocks galore

Today, a large portion of the circadian work was showcased. Here are some highlights: 1. Brief pulses of light can cause rapid induction of sleep in mice-this gets all jacked up with psychostimulants. Basically, the sleep-circadian system doesn’t respond to the light. 2. Lutenizing hormone is rapidly released prior to a rodent being “in heat” […]

Nanosymposia: Cocaine, Clocks, and Calcium

My interests lie in sleep, circadian timekeeping, and drug addiction. This has been the focus of my graduate work (circadian clocks, cocaine, and alcohol) and current work (sleep, jet lag, and metabolism). Today I attended nanosymposia for both- for years, cocaine addiction researchers have focused on the neocortex and stress-related signaling cascades. Today, however, I […]

Nanosymposia: Cocaine, Clocks, and Calcium

My interests lie in sleep, circadian timekeeping, and drug addiction. This has been the focus of my graduate work (circadian clocks, cocaine, and alcohol) and current work (sleep, jet lag, and metabolism). Today I attended nanosymposia for both- for years, cocaine addiction researchers have focused on the neocortex and stress-related signaling cascades. Today, however, I […]

Safe Travels Y’all to SfN!

This is the week most of us Northerners have been anticipating for some time—moderate temps in November, palm trees, ocean views, and fantastic Mexican food in San Diego…oh, and also a week to reunite with former colleagues and nerd out over recent progress in neuroscience. For SfN novices, you will quickly learn the city rotation […]

Dormivigilia and Montegraphia Tie the Knot!

For my regular readers, Montegraphia may be familiar to you. His real name is Justin Montemarano and today we tied the knot after nearly seven years of dating. Like most academics, we met in graduate school so we’ve seen each other at our worst–when long-term experiments went awry, when our mentors were being unreasonable or […]

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