Neuroblogging, sightseeing, and exhibit halling at SfN

First off, I am honored to be selected as an official blogger of the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting for the 7th year. My blog was evolved immensely since 2009. Although, most of my posts are housed on Fitness Cult Chronicles to promote my popular science book, Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain. As for SfN, posts […]

Neury Thursday: Modeling disrupted sleep in Angelman Syndrome

It has been a minute since I have done a Neury Thursday post where I highlight an article from the most current issue of Journal of Neuroscience. Well this week I am pleased to say that there is very familiar research, names, labs, and institutions in one of the featured articles. We started this project […]

A Continuation in the Search for the Function of Sleep: Commentary from On Your Mind Podcast

This morning, I had the pleasure on being a guest host for one of the more entertaining, informative neuroscience podcasts of today’s smart technology society: On Your Mind. We talked about the job market, my new book–Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain, and wrapped up with discussion of some peer-reviewed literature. It turned out that I […]

Humans in the Wild.

This recent publication comes out of the lab of my graduate mentor. Adam, DG, and a group of undergrads sorted through the power grid of the Northwest Pacific which is easily and freely available online. After importing this data into Clocklab which is used in circadian research to track and collate daily rhythms of behavior (wheel running) […]

A decade’s worth of data on alcohol and circadian rhythms

Many of you may recall that I spent five years in graduate school investigating how alcohol acts on the circadian timing system- behaviorally and physiologically. This was the basis of my dissertation and a research direction that has been pursued by my graduate school mentors for almost a decade. As Drs. Dave Glass and Rebecca […]

Neury Thursday: Sleep and the Blood Brain Barrier, with some hesitation

The blood brain barrier (aka, BBB) can be a royal pain in the arse for pharmacologists and pharmaceutical companies. The ultimate goal of the neuro division of big pharm is to design drugs that can be taken orally and yet still cross the BBB with little issues. Billions of dollars can be gained or lost […]

It’s still 1927, sometimes: Women in Science

What is unique about the picture taken in 1927 at the Solvay Conference: a gathering of the elite physicists and chemists of the time?   There’s one lone female. In 1927, that was impressive, but if you look a many group photos from university departments in science, math, and engineering today, there is likely to […]

Vampire Diaries: Tales of Sleep

Blood is making a comeback in neuroscience and psychology research. Centuries ago, Galen thought that personality and behavior were governed by the four “humors” with blood being one of them. A few months ago, blood gained some credibility in neuroscience when a study published in Nature found that the donation of blood collected from a […]

History of Sleep by the Father of Sleep, Himself

Last week, my undergraduate advisor, Dr. Mary Carskadon, who could arguably be called the “mother of sleep” given her long-standing contributions as a female scientist, sent me the following article. The article is about the life’s work of William C. Dement who many regard as the “father of sleep medicine.” I won’t spoil the contents […]

For Sleep but Sleepless in Lake Arrowhead, California

For the past week, I have been residing in high altitude at the UCLA-owned resort of Lake Arrowhead, California in the San Bernardino Forest (and mountains) near LA. I was attending a scientific and professional development workshop devoted to sleep research, grantsmanship, responsible conduct of research, and networking. The theme of the workshop was “translational […]

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