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The Institute Colloquium: Yang Dan (UC Berkeley)

A motor theory of sleep control

Date: Monday, November 15, 2021 16:00 - 17:00
Speaker: Yang Dan (University of California, Berkeley)
Location: Raiffeisen Lecture Hall
Series: Institute colloquium
Host: Ryuichi Shigemoto
Contact: Catalin Balcau
Central building lecture hall

To identify neurons involved in sleep generation, we have performed whole-brain screening for sleep active and sleep promoting neurons.  Sleep is controlled by a highly distributed network spanning the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain, and most sleep neurons are part of the central somatic and autonomic motor circuits. The intimate association between the sleep and the two motor control networks suggests that a primary function of sleep is to promote biological processes incompatible with movement.

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