Research Project Title

Glial Regulation of Sleep/Wake in Drosophila melanogaster

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

Sleep is a common behavior observed throughout the animal kingdom, and is known to impact health and disease. Despite this, we currently know very little about the precise function of sleep. Previous studies focused on the role of neuron-centric processes in sleep regulation. Recent reports, however, suggest the involvement of glial cells, another type of cell in the central nervous system. The common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is a well-defined sleep animal model, which has characteristics of sleep. Flies also share diversity in central nervous system cell types, which include neurons and glia. Here, we hypothesize that sleep is regulated by gliotransmission in flies.

Session Number

PS3

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS3-y

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Apr 28th, 2:15 PM Apr 28th, 3:45 PM

Glial Regulation of Sleep/Wake in Drosophila melanogaster

HUB Multipurpose Room

Sleep is a common behavior observed throughout the animal kingdom, and is known to impact health and disease. Despite this, we currently know very little about the precise function of sleep. Previous studies focused on the role of neuron-centric processes in sleep regulation. Recent reports, however, suggest the involvement of glial cells, another type of cell in the central nervous system. The common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is a well-defined sleep animal model, which has characteristics of sleep. Flies also share diversity in central nervous system cell types, which include neurons and glia. Here, we hypothesize that sleep is regulated by gliotransmission in flies.