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"New circuit-based targets for sleep and attentional disorders"
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Halassa
Institution: New York University School of Medicine
Sleep problems are some of the most widely encountered complaints in clinical
practice, and are associated with poor mental functioning. While poor sleep as a
result of back pain can be effectively treated with sleeping pills, poor sleep
because of brain circuit problems are more difficult to treat that way. In
diseases such as schizophrenia, autism and ADHD there is evidence that the
brain does not effectively filter sensory inputs. This happens while individuals
are awake, causing them to be distractible and when they are asleep, causing
them to be highly arousable. By studying the fundamental mechanisms by which
the brain filters sensory inputs, my lab aims to understand this process in hopes
of treating neurodevelopmental diseases.
The above project description is supplied by the Principal Investigator