STUDENTS INTERACTED WITH THE NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE 2017
THE ACTIVITY ALLOWED STUDENTS FROM VULNERABLE ESTABLISHMENTS TO DIALOG WITH THE AWARDED RESEARCHER FOR HIS WORK ON THE CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS.
December 21, 2017
Dressed in pajamas, considering the subject dealt with, more than 250 students from the Metropolitan, Valparaiso and Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins Regions participated in the conference, offered by the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine and professor of neuroscience at Brandeis University (USA), Michael Rosbash. The researcher spoke about the sleep cycle and how the "Circadian Rhythm" affect the human "biological clock" that regulates the states of attention, hunger, metabolism and aging, among other physiological conditions.
During his speech, held in Valparaiso, the scientist described how the circadian rhythm helps to understand, for example, that people sometimes wake up before the alarm sounds or who suffer from sleep disturbance after a long flight. Also why birds exposed to artificial light for long periods of time build their nests in the Fall instead of in Spring; and the reasons why adolescents tend to wake up later than children and grandparents.
The activity was organized by the American Academy of Science and Technology (AAST), an initiative led by the University of Talca and the Embassy of the United States to promote scientific exchange, together with the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience of Valparaiso, the Catholic University of Valparaiso and Explora.
The event was attended by students from vulnerable educational institutions from the capital city, for whom the opportunity to dialog with a Nobel Prize was an enriching and unforgettable experience. "It is a tremendous opportunity to meet the Nobel Prize in Medicine and, even more, the fact that we came in pajamas is unique," said Lia Guerra, a pupil from the Bernadette College in the Florida County.
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