Circadian clocks: a possible strategy to fight developmental disabilities

21 maggio 2024
Orario di inizio 
Palazzo Fedrigotti - Corso Bettini 31, Rovereto
Sala Convegni
Comunità universitaria
Ingresso libero


Yasukazu Nakahata, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology and Behaviour, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki University, Japan

Scientific Coordinator: Gianluca Esposito


Circadian clocks had long been thought to solely regulate sleep/awake patterns, body temperature/blood pressure rhythms, and other hormone secretion patterns. However, the discovery of mammalian circadian clock genes at the end of the 20th century has advanced our understanding of the functions of the circadian clock. Since then, greater attention has been paid to understanding the role of circadian clocks in health and disease, particularly age-related diseases. Our research aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which circadian clocks contribute to human health.
To this end, we use both mouse and cellular models. In this seminar, I will introduce the fundamental background of circadian clocks, our recent findings, and the relationship between the circadian clock and developmental disabilities, particularly autism spectrum disorder (ASD).