- The Physiological Effects of Light
April 17, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Like most people, you probably wake up, get hungry for meals and doze off in bed at about the same time every day. If you’ve ever experienced jet lag or pulled an all-nighter, you know that this schedule can easily be thrown off kilter. But for some people, that imbalance—difficulty sleeping at night, hunger at odd times, or sudden fatigue at noon—is a constant. Scientists are starting to uncover the links between our circadian clocks (the internal program that mediates daily rhythms) and health.
About the Speaker
Satchin Panda, PhD, is a full professor in the Regulatory Biology Department at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of the biological clock. The biological clock, or circadian oscillator, in most organisms coordinates behavior and physiology with the natural light-dark and feeding cycles. His laboratory uses genetic, genomics, biochemical, and behavioral approaches to identify genes under circadian regulation in different organs and to understand the mechanism of such regulation. His lab also tries to characterize the mechanism by which the circadian oscillator is synchronized to the natural light-dark condition. In addition to his molecular work, Dr. Panda is also very interested in how molecular understanding of circadian rhythms translates to the real-world. He and his team designed the myCircadianClock app to get an understanding of our society’s lifestyle: when, what, and how much we eat, sleep, and move. With enough subjects, he hopes to test the benefits of time-restricted feeding under different conditions of sleep, activity, and disease
General Event Information
6pm – Dinner & Social Hour
7pm – 8pm – Speaker Presentation
Members $35; Non-Members $40; Door Price $40; Students w/ valid ID $5.
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Venue: Intense Lighting