Halassa Lab News

The Halassa Lab studies how the brain filters information during sleep and attention.

Scientists Use Lasers to Control Mouse Brain Switchboard

Ever wonder why it’s hard to focus after a bad night’s sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study, partly funded by the National... read more

Our Work is Reviewed in Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery news article titled “Drowsy Mice: Induced Spindling and Thalamic Bursting Studied via an Optogenetic Technique” discusses the effects of the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) on thalamocortical neurons. Michael Halassa, M.D. and researchers have now... read more