Neury Thursday: Mitochondria, neuron health, and sufficient sleep

This paper came out in the Journal of Neuroscience while I was at the Gordon Conference a few months ago. This week, a group did a summary of it in a unique section of the journal called journal club. Basically, it offers a different perspective/interpretation of the data without a loss of content. In this […]

The Refs are Biased, Neurologically.

I wrote this blog post during the last World Cup. As the semifinals near, I decided that it would be a perfect time to re-share. Many of you may remember this lousy foul from the US vs Slovenia match. Though I initially “jumped to conclusions” and assumed that it resulted from a hefty Slovenian bribe, […]

For Jimmie

Two years ago, my cousin was in a life-changing accident. The throttle of his crotch rocket allegedly jammed hurling his passenger and him from his bike. No one knows if he would have been OK with or without a helmet, but he wasn’t wearing one and his brain suffered. Bikers, wear your helmets! Even if […]

SLEEP 2014: Minneapolis

Nearly every May and June, it is “conference season” for me. A majority of our professional society meetings fall towards the end of the school year. This year is no different. Last week, I was in Minneapolis for the annual sleep meeting which brings together clinical and basic sleep researchers. Next week, I will be […]

Learning to Breathe Fire: The History and Science of Crossfit

As a Regionals and Games competitor since the time that Crossfit started to earn the respect of a worldwide athletic company (Reebok) and television network (ESPN), it was enjoyable to re-live the experience through a talented journalist, JC Herz. I will admit that I am not an avid reader of history albeit political, social, or […]

Reflection on Crossfit Regionals in Jacksonville (with a lil’ science)

I apologize for the three week hiatus. I’ve been busy preparing for the Reebok Crossfit Regionals and then getting data and experiments ready for a month of conferences (and grant writing)┬ástarting next Saturday. This year, I made the commitment to compete as an individual over team. While I find team competition to be more mentally […]

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 […]

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