Noninvasive, Automated Measurement of Sleep, Wake and Breathing in Rodents

Noninvasive, Automated Measurement of Sleep, Wake and Breathing in Rodents

Sleep is critical to health and yet is rarely measured in animal models. This webinar highlights a noninvasive method for studying sleep in rodents. Topics covered include 3Rs, user experience, automation, and data analysis.

Sleep research has historically focused on the basic functions and regulation of sleep, and genes that influence sleep. As details of the relationship between sleep, health and disease have become clear, sleep studies are of increasing interest to researchers beyond the sleep field. The availability of user friendly technology provides a platform to easily incorporate sleep behavior into disease models and relevant applications, as well as provides a simpler method for investigating basic sleep functions.

In this exclusive webinar sponsored by Signal Solutions LLC, Dr. Bruce O’Hara discusses methodology, best-practices and use studies of the PiezoSleep system. Discussion focuses on how these techniques can answer questions about animal behavior, phenotyping and relationships between sleep and disease. Dr. O’Hara also highlights the benefits of the PiezoSleep system that can assess sleep, wake and breathing variables.

Key topics covered during this webinar included…

  • The importance of sleep to health and disease
  • How different physiological outputs can be used to track sleep
  • Benefits of noninvasive sleep studies
  • Setting up a Noninvasive Sleep Study
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Use study: How noninvasive methods enhance research

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Dr. Bruce O’Hara

Professor of Biology,
University of Kentucky
Co-founder, Signal Solutions LLC

Presenter Bio:

Bruce O’Hara, PhD, is a Professor of Biology at the University of Kentucky and Co-founder of Signal Solutions LLC. He obtained his PhD in Human and Mammalian Genetics from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and later spent twelve years at the Stanford University Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology where he established a research program directed towards an understanding of sleep using higher throughput behavioral and genomic methodologies. He has over 30 years of experience in mouse genetics and mouse behavior, and has over 75 publications in areas ranging from the effects of drugs to large-scale genetic screens, including those that utilize the piezoelectric sleep-wake monitoring system commercialized by Signal Solutions.