Another exciting day at the Experimental Biology meeting for physiologists! Although I am a bit nervous about the session on the negative effects of sleep deprivation, “Sleepless in San Diego: Is Sleep Deprivation the New Silent Killer?” Hmmm, maybe I should have gone to bed a bit earlier last night…
Dr. Karen Matthews (Univ of Pittsburgh) has studied the effects of sleep deprivation in teens from low-income families found that less than 6 hours of sleep per night can negatively impact mood, academic achievement and health.
Another talk that I found interesting was on how sleep deprivation lowers circulating concentrations of the satiety hormone leptin. This means that people who are sleep deprived are likely to consume more food. This research was conducted by Dr. Eve Van Cauter from the University of Chicago.
The highlight of the afternoon was the annual David Bruce Awards and undergraduate student poster session sponsored by the American Physiological Society. It is always such a delight to interact with undergraduate students and hear them talk about their research projects. I can honestly say that physiology has a very bright future with the advancement of these young scientists.
10:30-12:30 Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section Abstract-driven Featured Topics. These will be relatively shorts talks on topics that were selected from abstracts submitted in comparative physiology research.
3:15-5:15 Comparative Physiology of Aging and Senescence
There will also be numerous posters from researchers doing comparative physiology research that I will share with you.
Last but not least, the annual Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology section annual business and dinner meeting is tomorrow night. I always look forward to that event as it is such a delight to see so many students and young faculty receive awards for their achievements in research.