MIT20_020S09_prj9_neuro_3id

MIT20_020S09_prj9_neuro_3id - ImprovingtheHumanCondition...

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Improving the Human Condition Anonymous students PF, CM, CN, and DZ
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It would make the “choose two: {sleep, grades, friends}” dilemma so much simpler…
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Importance Sleep affects everyone! Serious problems/effects of sleep deprivation Decreased mental function (memory, recognition, etc.) Cardiovascular problems, weight gain
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Impact Start with specific applications: large “delta” for small population Military, College students, etc. Photo of yawning man Expand to broad removed due to copyright restrictions. applications: smaller “delta” for large population General productivity booster? Short‐ and long‐term health risks?
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Knowns/Unknowns Much is still unknown about sleep Why do we sleep at all? What are the results of sleeping? What we know about sleep 4 Stages: N1, N2, N3, REM Occurs in cycles lasting 90‐110 Image of cartoon cat "Garfield" in pajamas with cup of coffee mins. removed due to copyright restrictions. N3, REM are “deep sleep” cycles REM only accounts for ~30% of sleep Possible to “isolate” REM sleep?
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Competition Many research institution causes/effects of sleep Drug stimulants Caffeine! s are investigating the Modafinil Image: Wikpedia (public domain) Courtesy of Rynosoft on Flickr.
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Our Idea “Curing” sleep might be too ambitious, given how little is known about the causes of sleep Increase the level of tolerance for caffeine by manipulating the adenosine receptors Photo of sleepy person with 2 coffee cups removed due to copyright restrictions.
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Image: Wikpedia (public domain)
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Although sleep is not fully understood, the manipulation of neural receptors could play an important role in increasing tolerance to sleep deprivation Another important method for improving the functioning of the brain, and particularly for healing the damaged brain, is through the regeneration of neurons
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Brain damage? No problem!
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course BIO 20.010j taught by Professor Lindagriffith during the Spring '06 term at MIT.

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