FENS Brain Conferences: The Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm

Fall Brain Conference: 11-14 October 2015 (Moltkes Palæ - Copenhagen, Denmark)

This meeting is part of a new series of high-level bi-annual Brain Conferences in Europe. The Brain Conferences are organised by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS, the major neuroscience association in Europe) in partnership with The Brain Prize. They bring together outstanding researchers in key broadly defined areas of contemporary neuroscience to discuss current concepts and define challenges for future research.

Brain Conference Committee: Tobias Bonhoeffer, Ray Dolan, Ole Kiehn, Richard Morris, Christine Petit, Erin Schuman

The Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm

Sleep and circadian rhythms regulate all aspects of brain function. The focus of this conference will be on the molecular, cellular and neural networks that underlie the generation and regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms; by what means these biological processes interact and influence normal brain function and behaviour; and how these systems influence the development and state of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Topics for the conference will include: the neural mechanisms of sleep, arousal states and sleep homeostasis; the critical role of sleep for brain and body physiology including memory consolidation, immune responses and energy homeostasis; the molecular and cellular mechanisms of circadian rhythm generation; the regulation of sleep and circadian rhythms by light; the consequences of the 24/7 society on sleep and health; and the brain mechanisms underlying sleep and circadian rhythm disruption in neurodegenerative and psychiatric illnesses.

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