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  • Prof. Lior Appelbaum, Goodman Faculty and Gonda Brain Center

    Prof. Lior Appelbaum, Goodman Faculty and Gonda Brain Center

    Nature Communications Editors Highlight Recent BIU Research

    Date: 2019-03-12 Hour: 15:17

    The editors at the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications have selected new research published by Prof. Lior Appelbaum and team, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and the Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, to appear on the Editors’ Highlights webpage of recent research on From Brain to Behaviour.

    Each month the editors select a small number of articles recently published that they believe are particularly interesting or important.  Their aim is to provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting neuroscience research published by the journal. 

    In the new study the Bar-Ilan University researchers revealed a novel and unexpected function of sleep that they believe could explain how sleep and sleep disturbances affect brain performance, aging and various brain disorders.

    Using 3D time-lapse imaging techniques in live zebrafish, the researchers, including Prof. Lior Appelbaum, who led the study, his doctoral student David Zada, first author of the study, as well as co-authors, Dr. Tali Lerer-Goldshtein, Dr. Irina Bronshtein, and Prof. Yuval Garini, the researchers were able to define sleep in a single chromosome resolution and show, for the first time, that single neurons require sleep in order to perform nuclear maintenance. 

    Since it was published earlier this month, the research has gained widespread international attention through scores of articles in the mainstream media and on social media.