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Last week Vladyslav Vyazovskiy gave a talk at a symposium entitled "Harnessing naturally evolved torpor to benefit human spaceflight" at the American Physiological Society Conference in New Orleans, alongside NASA astronaut Jessica Meir.

Vladyslav Vyazovskiy gave a talked entitled "The relationship between sleep and torpor" as part of a symposium discussing the potential for hibernation and the related process, torpor, to aid human health in spaceflight at the American Physiological Society’s Comparative Physiology: Complexity and Integration conference in New Orleans.

While defining the relationship between sleep and torpor has been fraught with controversy, Vladyslav's talk highlighted that evidence suggests torpor and sleep are closely linked, and why more research is needed to determine how torpor affects brain function.

Vladyslav was joined by Hannah Carey, from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Matteo Cerri, from the University of Bologna, and Jessica Meir, from NASA.

The full information about the symposium can be found in the American Physiological Society's article How Hibernators Could Help Humans Treat Illness, Conserve Energy and Get to Mars.


More information on Vladyslav's work on human hibernation can be found here.

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