Metabolic & epigenetic disorders of adolescence sleep deprivation

Project participants

The SmartSense Consortium: Damien Dufour, Nolwenn Briand (PI - adipose tissue), Charlotte Boccara (PI, UiO NCMM - neurophysiology / sleep), Florian Dapsance (UiO Physics), Ørjan Martinsen (PI; UiO Physics  - sensor technology), and associated lab members

Obesity and bad sleep habits among teenagers are two linked and rising health concerns. Studies trace obesity to poor sleep hygiene: this is worrisome because adolescents get less and less sleep, and obese children have a strong risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases later in life. We do not know why sleep is important for metabolic health.

Ongoing research

We have formed a consortium, SmartSense, where neurophysiologists and physicists are developing mouse models of sleep deprivation and new “smart” sensors so we can wirelessly monitor brain-fat tissue crosstalk. Our lab will study how sleep deprivation during adolescence affects adipose tissue development and the emergence of metabolic disorders later in life. Our core hypothesis is that this long-term effect is written as an epigenetic code during adolescence and remains for the rest of our life, as an epigenetic memory of sleep deprivation.

Recent findings

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