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Chancellor's Research Breakfast Series | Levente Kapás, Ph.D.

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Published on Jul 12, 2012

... a look at how metabolism affects sleep and how sleeping less may contribute to obesity.

Dr. Kapás received his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Szeged [sigh-GED], Hungary. In 1985 he began his postdoctoral training in sleep research in Szeged[sigh-GED], in the laboratory of the late Dr. Ferenc [FAR-rens] Obál [oh-BAWL].

In 1989, he joined the laboratory of Dr. James Krueger at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. In 1996 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Fordham University in New York, where he established his first independent sleep laboratory.

In 2002, he received tenure at the same institution. In addition to conducting research, he was teaching undergraduate and graduate physiology, endocrinology and neuroscience courses. Dr. Kapás joined WSU in 2009 where he is currently an associate professor at the WWAMI Medical Education Program in Spokane.

Dr. Kapás is the director of the histology course for first year medical and dental students and also teaches in the nervous system course.

Dr. Kapás got involved in sleep research while he was in medical school. His major interest is sleep regulation. He focuses on deciphering those influences in the body that make us sleep more or suppress our sleep. He studies how eating and hormones that produced by the gut and the fat tissue affect sleep and what is the impact of the overall body metabolism on sleep and on the biological clock.

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