Brain Awareness Hour: Sleep

Why Sleep Matters 

Presented by Dr. Naomi Fang, SOM-UTRGV; RGV-SFN-Chapter Officer

Explore the wonders of the nervous system during Brain Awareness Hour. The museum is partnering with the Rio Grande Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter to offer online presentations by nervous system researchers, perfect for adults and teens interested in expanding their awareness of brain science.

Xiaoqian (Naomi) Fang, Ph.D., M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, School of Medicine. Dr. Fang holds an M.D. from Dalian Medical University, China and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She also worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Baylor College of Medicine and at UT Health Science Center in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Dr. Fang is highly motivated to discover clinical problems though basic scientific investigations. She has started studying NMDAR functional regulation and NMDAR endocytosis while working at Florida State University, and for the first time their group demonstrated that regulated internalization of NMDARs causes the number decrease in surface NMDARs as well as suppressing the activity of remaining surface NMDARs through intracellular activated protein kinase D1 (PKD1). Other research interests of Dr. Fang are on intracranial aneurysm, chronobiology, and obesity, which are continuing study of her postdoctoral work.

Limited space. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link after registration.

Brain Awareness Hour is an initiative of the Rio Grande Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter to fulfill its mission of awareness, education and research, organized by the International Museum of Art & Science.