Join us this June for our three-part Researcher Live series on ‘Sleep & the Brain’! Tune in on 15th June at 2pm GMT / 3pm BST for the first episode together with Dr Alen Juginovic, Harvard Medical School, on the ‘Role of sleep in health and lifespan’ – sponsored by  Annual Reviews Sleep, Health, and the Brain Collection. Sign up here to receive notifications for this series.


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What are we going to talk about in this episode?


Sleep is an integral part of our lives. We spend roughly a third of our lives in a state that was previously thought to be passive, but this cannot be further away from the truth. During sleep, parts of our brain are even more active than when we're awake! We know that sleep is important for good health, but many people still ignore this. In this lecture, Dr Alen Juginovic will explain the basics of sleep: what is it and what controls it, why do we actually need sleep and the health consequences of chronic poor sleep quality. Furthermore, since more than 1/3 of adults worldwide suffer from at least one of many sleep disorders, Dr Alen Juginovic will be covering the clinical aspects of the most common ones such as sleep apnea and insomnia. Finally, we will go through some fun facts about sleep where you will learn why we yawn, why beauty sleep is actually real and other cool stories about sleep, a state which has great room for new and exciting discoveries.


The slides for this event can be found here.


Series programme:


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  • 21st June, 4pm GMT / 5pm BST - ‘Sleeping under the stars: astrocyte contributions to sleep’ Dr Ashley Ingiosi, Washington State University - ‘Sleeping under the stars: astrocyte contributions to sleep’ - this event is sponsored by  Annual Reviews Sleep, Health, and the Brain Collection.


  • 28th June, 9am GMT / 10am BST - ‘Nightlife of the stars of the brain: Astrocyte Ca2+ signaling helps to maintain uninterrupted slow wave sleep’ with Dr Laura Bojarskaite, University of Oslo.
Date and Time
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 02:00 pm GMT / 03:00 pm BST
Speakers Avatar Dr Alen Juginovic, Harvard Medical School

Dr Alen Juginovic is a medical doctor and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. He works in the field of sleep medicine, more specifically the effects of sleep deprivation on health and the gut-brain axis. Currently, he is the head of Med&X, a non-governmental organization dedicated to organizing international conferences with Nobel laureates and helping Croatian students gain valuable international experience at world-renowned biomedical institutions. He is also the head of Hot Science Balloon, a networking platform for young scientists and physicians worldwide that organizes interviews with notable scientists, innovators, and Nobel Laureates and publishes summaries of the latest biomedical research papers for the public.

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