Why Do We Sleep?


Ravi Allada, MD

Department of Neurobiology
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Northwestern University

WEDNESDAY,  May 17, 2017
6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill, 2nd Floor
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

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We spend a third of our lives asleep, yet we still don’t know why.  Inadequate sleep affects our performance, our memory and may even lead to diseases from diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease. Ravi Allada will discuss how the work of his research team in the fruit fly can tell us about our own sleep-wake cycles, how inactivating a single gene can profoundly affect sleep, how a 24-hour clock in our brain times when we wake up and when we fall asleep, and how this clock can even impact the performance of Major League Baseball players and may have sent the Cubs to the World Series!