Your Brain on Sleep Deprivation

Saturday Speaker
Saturday, December 14, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States


Three-dimensional anatomical diagram of the brain

Three-dimensional anatomical diagram of the brain from The Book of Health, 1898.

Science History Institute

Sleep deprivation does more than just make you reach for a second cup of coffee. It causes specific changes to the brain that impair our ability to function. We have much to learn about the inner workings of our brain, including how lack of sleep affects our memory systems.

Join Jennifer Tudor for a talk about how sleep deprivation affects memory and what that means for child development, aging, and neurodegenerative disorders. She’ll also share some guidelines on best practices for getting better sleep.

About the Speaker

Jennifer Tudor is an assistant professor of biology at Saint Joseph’s University. She received her PhD in physiology and neuroscience from New York University’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Studies and completed her postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. Her lab focuses on understanding the impact of sleep and disease on protein-synthesis signaling pathways in the brain.

About the Series

Dive into fascinating stories of science with our Saturday Speaker Series!

Once a month, from September to May, a speaker will offer a short talk on an intriguing scientific topic, followed by a Q&A or discussion over complimentary tea and coffee. Afterward, feel free to mingle with other guests and the speaker, or spend time visiting our free museum. This year we'll be discussing everything from quilting to help communicate science, to the effects of sleep deprivation, to modern technologies imagined by ancient cultures.

Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.