Clinical Science Colloquium

Colloquium | October 29 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Aric A. Prather, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

 Department of Psychology

Title: Sleep, Stress, & Immunity: A Bedtime Story

Sleep plays a critical role in promoting optimal physical health; however, the biological mechanisms linking insufficient sleep and poor health remain to be fully elucidated. In this talk, I will discuss research that highlights the role of the immune system as a key pathway through which poor sleep, particularly short sleep duration, affects disease risk. Additionally, this talk will move beyond the study of sleep in isolation to consider the upstream determinants as well as the psychological and social processes that affect sleep and affected by poor sleep, and the biological consequences that may emerge over time as a result of the sleep-stress cycle. Finally, I will describe scalable intervention opportunities to improve sleep and potentially reduce immune-related disease risk among vulnerable populations.