SLEEP & RHYTMS IN MEDICINE for medical students.
Students learn a set of core concepts and then attend a series of practicals in which they are welcome to test sleep-wake questionnaires, actigraphs, a polysomnography machine, temperature sensors and other relevant tools. The course started in academic year 2015-2016 and was opened by Professor Debra Skene (UK), past President of European Biological Rhythms Society.
NEUROBIOLOGY for the Master's in Molecular Biology.
Students learn about the neurogenetic bases of circadian rhythmicity, and the functional organization of the biological clock in model organisms, including humans. In addition, they learn about mechanisms of clock synchronisation and about the consequences of desynchronisation/misalignment. Practicals include genotyping for clock gene polymorphisms, definition of chronotype and direct experience of the effects of morning light administration on sleep-wake patterns and melatonin urinary metabolites.