- Basic Animal
- Learning, Memory, Cognition
- Sleep and Psychiatry-Personality Disorders
- Sleep and Body Functions (Cardio-Respiratory, Thermoregulation/Metabolism, Endocrine)
- Sleep Physiology-Neurophysiology in Animal
The main research topics in the Meerlo lab are: 1) the regulation and function of sleep with special emphasis on the role of sleep in neuronal plasticity and memory processes; and 2) the consequences of chronically restricted or disrupted sleep and the role of sleep disturbances in psychiatric diseases and cognitive disorders. The research involves various experimental animal models of sleep disruption and sleep restriction, focusing on the question how chronically insufficient sleep affects neuroendocrine stress systems and neurobiological systems involved in emotional regulation and cognitive function.
Key Publications of the Laboratory:Meerlo P, Sgoifo A, Suchecki D. Restricted and disrupted sleep: effects on autonomic function, neuroendocrine stress systems and stress responsivity. Sleep Medicine Reviews 12: 197-210, 2008.
Meerlo P, Mistlberger R, Jacobs BL, Heller C, McGinty D. New neurons in the adult brain: the role of sleep and consequences of sleep loss. Sleep Medicine Reviews 13: 187-194, 2009.