Sleep-related erection neurophysiology: a journey of discovery

Schmidt, Markus (2018). Sleep-related erection neurophysiology: a journey of discovery. Sleep medicine, 49, pp. 24-27. Elsevier 10.1016/j.sleep.2018.05.032

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Michel Jouvet established a tradition of sleep neurophysiology that inspired several generations of sleep researchers. When I arrived in his laboratory in 1991, it was known that erection cycles occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in humans. However, it was not known if such erections in sleep occurred in other species, or how REM-related erections were controlled. Employing the classical techniques and systematic approach of Jouvet and his team, I embarked on a journey of discovery. Not only were fundamental principles of REM-related erectile control identified, such as the critical role of the lateral preoptic area in the forebrain, but I also gained a deep appreciation of the scientific approach in the Jouvet tradition. Such insights passed on to his many students, together with a lifetime of friendships and collaborations, have left an indelible mark on our field.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

UniBE Contributor:

Schmidt, Markus

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1389-9457

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Panagiota Milona

Date Deposited:

25 Mar 2019 18:47

Last Modified:

29 Oct 2019 08:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.sleep.2018.05.032

PubMed ID:

30031617

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Sleep Penile erection Sleep-related erection REM sleep Michel Jouvet History of sleep medicine

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.124772

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/124772

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