This Week on The Health Hub…Why Do We Sleep? with Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill

Dr. Edgar Garcia-Rill is Director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience, a NIH-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, a Professor of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal in 1973. After postdoctoral training at the Department of Anatomy at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA he joined the faculty at UAMS in 1978.  Dr. Garcia-Rill has been continuously funded for his research for almost 40 years.  His interests include the control of voluntary movement and locomotion, which involves the study of spinal cord injury as well as motor disorders like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases.  He does research on the control of arousal and sleep-wake cycles, recently describing a novel mechanism for sleep-wake control, outlined in his 2015 book, “Waking and the Reticular Activating System in Health and Disease”.

He is the co-inventor on six patents and collaborates with Law School faculty on a series of six law reviews generally entitled, “The Law and the Brain: Using science to make legal decisions”.  Dr. Garcia-Rill has served on NIH review panels for 30 years, and was on the Board of Scientific Councilors for the National Institute for Drug Abuse and the National Center for Rehabilitation Research.

Learning points:

  • Why do we sleep?
  • What are the stages of sleep?
  • Are there disorders that manifest in sleep disregulation?

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