Today, we are joined by neuroscientist Dr. Jeffrey Iliff. He focuses on neurodegeneration and traumatic brain injury research.
In the space of health consciousness, we tend to talk about nutrition, fitness, recovery, and sleep. But here at the Collective, we also consider sleep and recovery the foundation of your performance.
If you treat your life like a corporate athlete, then you want to make sure to train and rest like an athlete.
So, very early on in the conversation with Dr. Iliff we talk about accumulating sleep debt, jet lag, and sleep deprivation and what that means for the cleansing of the brain - or lack thereof.
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Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff 's research follows the exploration of how the brain’s support cells, called glia, contribute to maintaining the proper environment for neuronal function and how their failure in conditions like vascular dementia, stroke, and traumatic brain injury leads to neurodegeneration and seeks to define the basic cellular mechanisms by which brain blood flow is coordinated up and down the vascular tree. Now an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, Jeff was a part of a University of Rochester Medical Center team that discovered a brain cleansing system, which they dubbed the “glymphatic system.”