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 […]

Characterizing Sleep-Wake States in a Cat

For those of you not schooled in the history of sleep, the use of a cat as an animal model of sleep may seem novel. However, the cat was used as an animal model of sleep decades before rats, mice, hamsters, monkeys, and other non-human mammals. In fact, one of the first studies to identify […]

5 Years of Dormivigilia

Five years ago, a few graduate students in the biology department and I decided that we wanted to become better science writers, professionally and publicly. Around the same time, the three of us also happened to co-found a campus group called The Kent State Freethinkers┬áto provide a social and educational outlet for skeptics and atheists […]

Best of Dormivigilia in 2013

This year was incredible–scientifically, athletically, and personally. I had a lot of firsts that will, in some cases, likely never be seconds. I got both NIH grants that I first applied for in 2012 and then re-applied for in 2013; an F32 to investigate skeletal muscle regulation of sleep and metabolic processes and a loan […]

SBN 2013

This is the first time in my professional career that there is an international scientific meeting in the city that I live. It is also a meeting for a society that I am attending for the first time; SBN or the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, which essentially translates to the study of genes, hormones, the […]

Did A Lack of REM Sleep Kill Michael Jackson?

The sleep community has finally gotten deserving press that may also provide some solace for MJ fans. This week, Dr. Chuck Czeisler–one of the world’s experts on basic and clinical sleep research–served as an expert witness in the involuntary manslaughter trial against MJ’s doctor, Conrad Murray. According to medical records, Murray had given MJ routine […]

First (Postdoc) Paper; Jetlag, Sleep Loss, and Inflammation

This data took nearly four years to collect. Needless to say, I am pretty proud of this publication. This is one of the first projects that I worked on (and completed) as a postdoc. It also presented an opportunity for undergraduates to become involved in biomedical research too. This study was an extension of a […]

Neury Thursday: Molecular Evidence for Memory Consolidation during REM Sleep

We’ve known in the sleep community for quite some time that REM sleep is important for the consolidation and recall of memories, albeit declarative (facts), procedural (motor skills), and emotional. We also know, or at least can postulate that the hippocampus plays an important role wherein there are actually changes in neurons at global and […]

Congrats Dr Mander (!!!) and his Widely-Publicized Study of Aging, Poor Sleep, and Bad Memory

Over the years, I meet many cool, brilliant researchers at the annual sleep meeting. Bryce Mander, a postdoc in the laboratory of Matt Walker at UC-Berkeley is one of them. He has undertaken many studies throughout his research career that have examined the effects of aging on sleep. In this study, Bryce and his collaborators […]

Adenosinergic Regulation of Sleep (Continued)

Since starting my blog in 2008, I have highlighted many investigations of adenosine, sleep, and wakefulness. Well, the saga continues. In the recent issue of Sleep, Dutch researchers compared spontaneous and pharmacologically-induced episodes of sleep and wakefulness in transgenic mice with subsensitive calcium channels. As you may recall, adenosine accumulates across waking and dissipates during […]

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