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Sleep Regulation and Function (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Sleep: Brain, Genes, Behavior and Function


March 12-13, 2016


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Allison J. Brager & Jared M. Saletin

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Sleep Regulation and Function is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This GRS is focused on the mechanisms and function of sleep in animal and human models of study. It is a forum for trainees at doctoral and postdoctoral levels to present game-changing, cutting-edge science. Specific attention will be paid to biomarkers of sleepiness, the genetics of sleep, and function of sleep from the perspective of memory and metabolism. This is also a unique opportunity to have an editor talk to trainees about what it takes to get sleep research published in a journal targeting the broader scientific community.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Sleep Regulation and Function" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: In Search of Biomarkers
This session will focus on identifying novel biomarkers of sleepiness beyond the use of EEG.
Discussion Leaders: Zoltan Torontali (University of Toronto, Canada) and Allison Brager (Morehouse School of Medicine, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:05 pmLuisa de Vivo (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Can We Tell Whether a Brain Cell Has Been Asleep or Awake by Looking at the Ultrastructure of Mitochondria and Other Cellular Organelles?"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmNicolette Ognjanovski (University of Michigan, USA)
"Searching for Network Mechanisms Underlying Sleep-Dependent Memory Consolidation"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIn Search of Genes
This session will focus on molecular regulation of sleep in both invertebrate and vertebrate models.
Discussion Leaders: Vilma Aho (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Stephane Dissel (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:05 pmStephane Dissel (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
"Can Sleep Fix a Broken Brain?"
8:05 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:05 pmMarieke Hoekstra (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
"The Double Life of PER2"
9:05 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amIn Search of Function
This session will dissect the function of sleep in mammals with an emphasis on memory and metabolism.
Discussion Leaders: Chris Depner (University of Colorado Boulder, USA) and Jared Saletin (Alpert Medical School, Brown University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:35 amJacqueline Ho (University of Washington, USA)
"Effects of Early-Life Sleep and Diet on Glycemic Control in Mice"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:15 amBryce Mander (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Prefrontal β-Amyloid Pathology Disrupts NREM Slow Waves and Associated Hippocampus-Dependent Memory Consolidation"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:55 amJohn O'Donnell (University of Rochester, USA)
"Changes in the Composition of Interstitial Ions Control Neuronal Activity in the Sleep/Wake Cycle"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: In Search of Publication in a High-Impact Journal
This session will largely focus on the strategy for getting a paper into a high-impact journal (e.g., one where the average paper has more than 10 citations per year in the first few years after publication) and a discussion of the philosophy of this goal.
Discussion Leader: Allison Brager (Morehouse School of Medicine, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmClifford Saper (Harvard Medical School, USA)
"In Search of Publication in a High-Impact Journal"
2:15 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13NS095356. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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