Why Do Teens Sleep In?

  • December 11, 2019 • 4:30 PM – 6 PM
  • mySci Resource Center, 6601 Vernon Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130

Featured Presenter: Erik Herzog, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Biology, Co-Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Director, St. Louis Neuroscience Pipeline Program, Washington University in St. Louis

FREE and open to all. Middle, high school science, engineering teachers and PLTW teachers encouraged to attend. Registration is required.

The talk will explore what wakes us up when we don’t use an alarm clock. We will discuss daily clocks in the brain, how they synchronize to each other and the local light cycle and how this system is relevant to deciding when the school day should start for teenagers.
Dr. Herzog studies the molecules, cells and circuits that underlie daily rhythms in physiology and behavior. With support from agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the March of Dimes, his lab has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on topics including the development of daily rhythms in mammals and how healthy and cancerous glial cells respond to chemotherapy depending on time of day.