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Sleep for Systems Consolidation

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Sleep is important for memory consolidation. More specifically, it is thought that during sleep recent memories are replayed in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex to allow for abstraction of salient information across events and consolidation from the initial, hippocampal storage to the long-term representation in the cortex. In this talk data from both humans and rats will be presented, providing evidence for this process.


During my thesis and first post-doc year, I worked with healthy humans as well as patients with depression and schizophrenia, investigating sleep related memory processes with polysomnography and functional MR imaging at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich. I then spend 4 years in Richard Morris lab in Edinburgh working with rodents. I moved to Nijmegen in 2016 to now combine human and animal research. My main focus are cross-brain mechanisms of sleep and memory processes in rodents using complex and meaningful behavioural tasks. As an Associate Professor I co-lead the Memory Dynamics lab at the Donders Institute together with Franceso Battaglia.

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