Chris Vecsey, January 24Please join the department of Biology in welcoming Dr. Chris Vecsey, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Skidmore College, for his talk entitled, “Don’t Sleep on the Fly! Neuropeptide Regulation of Sleep.” The talk will be held via Zoom on January 24, 2022 at 4pm EST. For access to the Zoom information, please contact Becca Rohn at (304)293-5201 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We spend nearly one third of our lives asleep, but the mechanisms that regulate sleep are still poorly understood. Peptide neurotransmitters appear to control sleep in multiple species, although exactly how they do this is still unclear. Dr. Vecsey’s lab studies the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster in order to examine how activation of neurons that release these neuropeptides influence sleep. In this talk, he will focus on the effects of activating neurons producing short neuropeptide F (sNPF), showing that even brief optogenetic neuronal activation produces long-term increases in sleep. These studies pave the way for a more mechanistic understanding of the brain signals that influence our daily sleep patterns.