HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Role of thyroid hormones in slumber under investigation at Rutgers

CAMDEN While the thyroid has long been linked to metabolism, cutting-edge research underway at Rutgers UniversityCamden is investigating the possibility that thyroid hormones have an important role in sleep regulation.

Thanks to a $415,369 grant from the National Science Foundation, a team of Rutgers-Camden researchers will pinpoint precisely how and when thyroid hormones influence the brains sleep-related structures. Findings could yield new knowledge on a previously unknown sleep-regulatory substance and potentially answer why existing sleep medications arent the cure-all for everyone.

Joseph V. Martin, a professor of biology, is the principle investigator and Alex Roche, an associate professor of chemistry, is the co-principal investigator of the ambitious project at Rutgers-Camden.

A diagnosis of thyroid cancer in 1991 inspired Martins in-depth studies of thyroid hormones for over a decade. Martin has been cancer-free since the removal of his thyroid gland, but his need to compensate for its absence with pills has been educational.

I have to adjust the dose regularly with my doctor. If its too high, I have sleeping problems, if its too low there could be lethargy and weight gain, he points out.

Martins professional research has informed his own understanding of his condition. Once he became aware of thyroid hormones effect on the brain, he saw connections to his own life and to unsolved problems related to the role of thyroid hormones in the nervous system.

Martins previous research established that in the adult brain, thyroid hormones act on receptors on the outside of cells, functioning like neurotransmitters. His findings contrast greatly with the well-documented functions of thyroid hormones, which are secreted from a gland located in the neck and increases cellular activity in nearly all tissues of the body by acting inside cells.

Thyroid hormones do so much more than regulate we
'"/>

Contact: Cathy Donovan
catkarm@camden.rutgers.edu
856-225-6627
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
7-Aug-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New molecular regulators of hyperthyroidism and goiter
2. Ethanol injection helps manage bone metastasis in thyroid cancer patients
3. Hypothyroidism clearly linked to mood swings
4. Longer-lived rodents have lower levels of thyroid hormone
5. Chornobyl radiation ups risk of thyroid cancer in children and adolescents
6. Role of microRNA identified in thyroid cancer
7. ECCO 13 - Chernobyl legacy sheds light on link between thyroid cancer and radiation exposure
8. Research zeros in on bipolar disorder genes, link with thyroid condition
9. Heart failure wall stress drops 38% with moderate thyroid hormone therapy
10. Cincinnati study of Chernobyl residents uncovers new cause of thyroid cancer
11. Steroid hormones regulate the body clock

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/11/2017)... , April 11, 2017 Crossmatch®, a ... authentication solutions, today announced that it has been ... Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation Presentation ... "Innovation has been a driving force ... program will allow us to innovate and develop ...
(Date:4/6/2017)... LONDON , April 6, 2017 ... Control, RFID, ANPR, Document Readers, by End-Use (Transportation & ... Energy Facility, Oil, Gas & Fossil Generation Facility, Nuclear ... Healthcare, Educational, Other) Are you looking for ... Authentication sector? ...
(Date:4/4/2017)... --  EyeLock LLC , a leader of iris-based identity ... and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued U.S. Patent No. ... iris image with a face image acquired in sequence ... th issued patent. "The issuance ... multi-modal biometric capabilities that have recently come to market ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... Proscia Inc ., ... a Webinar titled, “Pathology is going digital. Is your lab ready?” with Dr. ... best practices and how Proscia improves lab economics and realizes an increase in ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... A new study ... in frozen and fresh in vitro fertilization (IVF) transfer cycles. The ... IVF success. , After comparing the results from the fresh and frozen transfer ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... , ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... Center’s FirstHand program has won a US2020 STEM Mentoring Award. Representatives of the ... for Excellence in Volunteer Experience from US2020. , US2020’s mission is to change ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... USDM Life Sciences ... the life sciences and healthcare industries, announces a presentation by Subbu Viswanathan and ... presentation, “Automating GxP Validation for Agile Cloud Platforms,” will present a revolutionary approach ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: