CCS researcher Dinesh Pal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology has received the American Physiological Society (APS) Central Nervous System Section New Investigator Award. The award recognizes an outstanding young investigator who has made a meaningful contribution within the field. It was presented during the Experimental Biology 2021 Meeting.
The award recognizes Dr. Pal’s work on the neural regulation of arousal states such as sleep, wake, anesthesia, and altered states produced by traditional psychedelics. The work intends to understand the arousal mechanisms common between of sleep and anesthesia, whether sedative-hypnotics can provide a physiologic sleep-like state.
The research examines the roles of prefrontal acetylcholine and cortical connectivity and should also help understand the nature and mechanisms of consciousness with a widespread impact on and beyond the immediate fields of anesthesiology and consciousness.