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Love Your Beauty Rest? You Can Thank These Brain Cells

Researchers find new sleep-promoting cells

Johns Hopkins researchers report the unexpected presence of a type of neuron in the brains of mice that appears to play a central role in promoting sleep by turning ‘off’ wake-promoting neurons. The newly identified brain cells, located in a part of the hypothalamus called the zona incerta, they say, could offer novel drug targets to treat sleep disorders, such as insomnia and narcolepsy, caused by the dysfunction of sleep-regulating neurons.

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Annual Levenson Award Competition

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Rabbi Paul Levenson Award for Outstanding Service by an IACUC Non-affiliate Member.  Now in its fifth year, the award is given annually at the MSMR Annual Meeting to a deserving IACUC non-affiliate member who helps to define and execute the vision of his or her IACUC and is committed to the best possible animal welfare program within his or her institution. The Honoree receives a plaque and a $500 award. To see the Award Criteria, please go here. Nominations are straightforward: they require a nomination letter with certain information and up to three support letters.

Nominations are due by e-mail by May 15, 2019. Please send them to this e-mail address: LevensonAward@msmr.org.

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