Bradley Allf Wins Brain Awareness Video Contest, a public information initiative, selected Bradley Allf’s video “I Think, Therefore I Sleep” as the 2018 winner of its Brain Awareness Video Context. Allf created the video as a technician in the lab of Graham Diering, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology.

When you sleep, a lot is happening. If you can’t sleep or if you decide to forego sleep, your brain pays the price in ways you likely do not fully comprehend. The lab of Graham Diering, PhD, in the department of cell biology and physiology, studies the mechanisms of sleep – precisely what happens in our brains as we sleep, why it’s important, and what can be learned in order to ultimately help people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, and others.

The adjacent video titled “I Think, Therefore I Sleep,” created by lab technician Bradley Allf in the Diering lab, explains the purpose of sleep and how it affects brain function. Specifically, it explores one process by which sleep is thought to play a role in properly regulating synapses – the junction between neurons.

For this work, Allf won first place in the Brain Awareness Video Contest, sponsored by, which is as public information initiative funded by the Society of Neuroscience (SfN), the Kavli Foundation, and the charitable foundation Gatsby.

Allf won $1,000 and travel expenses, two-nights lodging, and registration fees to attend the SfN conference in San Diego in November.

More information, including videos of the runner-ups, can be found here.

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