Interviews of the CIG PIs: P.Franken

Series of interviews were written to present each PI of the CIG.
Most of them are already available on the new CIG Report’s website, and every week we will be displaying one of them in the newsletter.

“Did you sleep well, last night?”

Unraveling the mechanisms that control sleep

We, humans, spend no less than one third of our lives sleeping. Apparently our brain needs to go periodically “off-line” and disconnect from reality during several hours a day in order to function properly. Indeed, the consequences of severe sleep deprivation are devastating and very soon lead to another state of lesser consciousness: death. Consequently, it is only legitimate to assume that sleep must serve some vital function(s). In search for answers, Prof. Paul Franken and his team are trying to unravel the mechanisms that control sleep.

“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.”

William C. Dement, founder of Stanford University’s Sleep Research Center