Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster

    Lecture: Why do we sleep?

    The Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures are a series of open lectures for all researchers and other interested in and around the Copenhagen area. Every 4 weeks, on a Thursday evening, you are invited for lectures on themes with a general interest for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers and bioscience researchers in general. Often there will be a cross-disciplinary focus. We are glad to welcome Maiken Nedergaard and Poul Jørgen Jennum, together they will discuss why do we sleep and the nightlife of the brain.

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    20 June 2019


    Poul Jørgen Jennum Professor Poul Jennum completed MD from University of Copenhagen 1983, he passed a degree of scientific excellence in 1985, a doctoral thesis from 1998, and he obtained specialties in clinical neurophysiology and neurology. Professor Jennum is heading the national sleep center and holds several national and international board positions, advisory function for the national health board among others. Professor Jennum holds a large national research group focusing on clinical, neurophysiological and molecular sleep and neurological research. Professor Jennum has published more than 350 peer reviewed paper and several teaching books and chapters and has more than 700 international presentations and conference papers. His research focus on includes sleep-wake regulation using and it importance for health and diseases, e.g using data-driven methods applied in large scale data.
    Maiken Nedergaard


    Registration is completely free of charge, but mandatory. Deadline for registration on June 17, 2019.



    Sleep is a fundamental biologic need; disturbances in sleep-wake pattern causes significant morbidity and mortality. Sleep – wake regulation is  regulated by complex mechanism involving several brain structures; brain stem, hypothalamus, thalamus and the forebrain. Diseases which involve these mechanism causes significant disturbances; e.g. narcolepsy is cause by destruction of hypocretinergic cells in hypothalamus causing destruction of sleep-wake and REM-NREM regulation; Pre-Parkinsonism and Parkinson’s disease involve several regulatory system in the basic brain causing complex dysregulation of not only sleep structure but also motor control and autonomic regulation. Insomnia is associated with increased arousability causing hyperarousals in sleep (wake classes in sleep as determined by brain activity measures). In this presentation we will discuss the regulatory mechanism and discuss the implication for healthy and diseases sleep.


    3:45 pm Welcome and registration (coffee/tea, water available)
    4:00 pm Start of the lecture
    5:30 pm Networking with a drink and a snack
    6:30 pm Thank you for a splendid end of day!
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    The organiser offers to pay for a taxi on the following conditions: it has to be transport from either Panum/Mærsk Tower or DTU building 220, if you are at least 3 people in a taxi. This is how it works: you arrange yourself for a taxi from Blegdamsvej or from Kemitorvet, find at least 2 other people to take the taxi with, and at arrival at Tuborg Havnevej 19 you ask Sophie to come and pay for the taxi (they’ll check departure address and number of persons in the taxi), as well as to order your taxi back.

    If you are by car, you can park for free in front or at the side of Tuborg Havnevej 19. If that is full, there is 3 hours free parking in the parking to the Waterfront shopping mall at the end of the road.

    Public transport by train to Hellerup station, and/or bus (1A, 21, 166), nearest by bus stop is Tuborg Boulevard.

    Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Contact Sophie Labrosse at sfeb@novo.dk

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