Welcome at our 15th MHeNs one-day workshop for PhD students:

Topics in Translational Neuroscience
Sleep

24 November 2022

 

Sleep is an important part of our daily routine – we spend about one-third of our lives doing it. Quality sleep – and getting enough of it at the right times – is as essential to survival as food and water. Without sleep you cannot form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories. It also makes it harder to concentrate, and respond quickly.
Sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how neurons communicate with each other. In fact, your brain and body stay remarkably active while you sleep.
Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain
that build up while you are awake.

Everyone needs sleep, but its biological purpose remains a mystery. Sleep affects almost every type of tissue and system in the body – including the brain. Sleep disturbances, like insomnia, have a high comorbidity with many neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. Sleep deprivation is correlated with poorer quality of life and increased rates of health problems in general.

Clearly, sleep is a complex and dynamic process that affects how you function in ways scientists are now only beginning to understand.

Deadline for registration: September 24, 2022