Simons Foundation

SF Presidential Lecture: The Causes and Consequences of Sleep in the Human Brain

Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium/2-GDFA (160 5th Avenue)

Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium/2-GDFA

160 5th Avenue


The Causes and Consequences of Sleep in the Human Brain

Sleep transforms nearly every aspect of brain function and is essential for brain health. In this Presidential Lecture, Laura Lewis will discuss how new noninvasive imaging technologies are revealing how sleep arises in the human brain. She will outline key control systems that regulate sleep and behavior. Lewis will also discuss how sleep causes waves of fluid flow in the brain and the relationship between sleep and brain waste clearance, which may be critical for how sleep actively maintains brain health in aging. This work will highlight how sleep profoundly affects the human brain's high-level cognition and basic housekeeping processes.

Speaker Bio:

Lewis is the Athinoula A. Martinos associate professor in IMES and EECS at MIT and associate faculty at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from MIT and completed postdoctoral research in biomedical imaging technologies at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her research develops techniques for imaging the human brain and applies them to study how sleep modulates human brain function.

Doors open: 5:30 p.m. (No entrance before 5:30 p.m.)
Lecture: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Admittance closes at 6:20 p.m.)