September 26, 2012

NYU Biologists Uncover Dynamic Between Biological Clock and Neuronal Activity

Biologists at New York University have uncovered one way that biological clocks control neuronal activity—a discovery that sheds new light on sleep-wake cycles and offers potential new directions for research into therapies to address sleep disorders and jetlag.

“The findings answer a significant question—how biological clocks drive the activity of clock neurons, which, in turn, regulate behavioral rhythms,” explained Justin Blau, an associate professor in NYU’s Department of Biology and the study’s senior author.

journal reference (only the abstract is free): sagepub >>