Effects of prolonged light exposure on clock genes, plasticity, and activity in the brain
As a visiting Erasmus master student from the University of Groningen, Jorrit Waslander was doing a research internship at the Bergen Sleep and Stress Group (BSSG). In this project, they were looking at molecular changes in rats after exposure to prolonged blue-enriched or white light. mRNA and protein expression of clock genes, neuronal plasticity genes, and neuronal activity genes was studied. The aim of the project was to gain knowledge about how prolonged light exposure and different spectral qualities of light can affect the brain.
This project was a part of the project ‘Sleep dynamics in rats after exposure to long or short photoperiod’