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“The Sleep Revolution”: Biology of Light virtual lecture with Dr. Allan Pack

October 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


There is growing recognition of the importance of high-quality, adequate sleep for health. The timing of sleep is controlled by the circadian system which receives as its major input information about light. Light is an alerting signal and the ability to overcome the natural light/dark cycle contributes to inadequate sleep. This talk will review the basic biology of the sleep/circadian system, discuss the functions of sleep. The different types of sleep loss will be discussed as will their consequences. Common sleep disorders will also be reviewed. Finally, the need for a Sleep Revolution will be articulated.

Allan I. Pack, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D.
John Miclot Professor of Medicine
Division of Sleep Medicine/Department of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://jacksonlab.zoom.us/j/88310843552?pwd=Zk1idCtrWDN5WEZWalR2dVFpcVNTQT09Passcode: 151650

Other ways to Join:

YouTube Live: https://youtu.be/bOUqI2XLb0I

Please Note: Q&A and audience interaction is only available via Zoom. However, if you have trouble with the Zoom link, this event will also be live streamed via YouTube.

By Phone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782

Webinar ID: 883 1084 3552 Passcode: 151650

International numbers available: https://jacksonlab.zoom.us/u/kj30fGDLt


Presenter bio:

DR. ALLAN I. PACK is the John Miclot Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). He graduated from medical school in Glasgow and worked at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow before relocating to the United States. He has been on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania since 1976. He directed an NIH-funded Specialized Center of Research on sleep apnea from 1988 to 2008. He directs a Center grant—“Individual Differences in Obstructive Sleep Apnea”. Dr. Pack was the Founding Director of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology and the Division of Sleep Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. These are the first multidisciplinary independent sleep research and clinical sleep medicine programs to be established at any medical school in the United States. Dr. Pack’s current main area of focus is on functional genomic approaches to sleep and its disorders. He uses mouse models in his work and translates findings to humans. A major component of his research relates to the pathogenesis and consequences of the common disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, and to the effects of sleep loss. He is engaged in genetic studies and has established international consortia. Research training is also a major commitment of Dr. Pack. He currently directs three T32 grants from NIH to support research training. He has received a number of awards for his activities including the Nathaniel Kleitman Lifetime Achievement Award and the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Sleep Foundation, the Farrell Prize in Sleep Medicine from Harvard Medical School, and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly of the American Thoracic Society, and the Sleep Research Society Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award.




October 1, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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