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Circadian Rhythm and Sleep

Circadian Rhythm and Sleep is an area of research that promises to draw a bright line between our internal clocks – set over thousands and thousands of years – and our new reality that is increasingly disrupting those clocks. The 24/7 lifestyle that many people have is coming at a high cost in terms of health and wellness. The body’s many temporal disruptions – a television in the bedroom or an iPad a person reads in bed at night – can have a lasting impact on your health. So, too, can working a third-shift. Our bodies long-ago internalized the solar day, and, as a result, they run on about a 24-hour clock. That clock, however, maintains and regulates virtually every process in the body, from metabolism to our immune system. If your internal clock is thrown off, so are these processes. Understanding the intricate details of our internal clocks will enable us to create effective countermeasures, thus helping improve human performance through repairing disrupted circadian rhythm and sleep and restoring the balance many people now do not have.

Dr. Ali Rezai, executive chair of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, lays out his bold, new vision for neuroscience at WVU. Joining Dr. Rezai are WVU President Gorden Gee, Albert Wright, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia University Health System, and Clay Marsh, MD, vice president and executive dean for Health Science at WVU.

Research drives patient care at any large academic medical center. As stroke treatment has dramatically evolved in the past decade, WVU Medicine’s neurointerventionists have emerged as national leaders in their relatively new field. Here, Ansaar Rai, MD, WVU Medicine Radiology vice chair of clinical operations, discusses the past and present of stroke treatment.

Neurosurgeons treat their patients through the use of a delicate, targeted procedure; the best neurosurgeons are skilled at several. WVU Medicine neurosurgeon Robert A. Marsh, MD, PhD, says his best approach is unique to each patient, and considers wishes as well as needs.

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute