William Wisden
Speaker
William Wisden studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and then did his PhD with Prof. Stephen Hunt at the MRC Molecular Neurobiology Unit, Cambridge, followed by a period as postdoc (EMBO fellowship) in Prof. Peter Seeburg's lab at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He returned to Cambridge as a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (1992 – 2001), followed by a return to Heidelberg as a PI, then to a Professorship at the University of Aberdeen, and in 2009 to a Professorship at Imperial College London.

Wisden has worked extensively on neurotransmitter receptors. In collaboration with Prof. Nick Franks (also at Imperial) he has used mouse genetics to investigate sleep-wake circuitry and the actions of sedative drugs, and if good sleep diminishes the risk of dementia. Wisden is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a member of the UK Dementia Research Institute.

Talk title is: Does sleep play a role in delaying dementia onset?