Second international School On Mind, Brain And Education

Program 2007, May 22-26

Basic and Applied Topics
in Biological Rhythms and Learning

Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani



Registration and lodging
16.00: Welcome
Antonio M. Battro
16.30: Introduction to the meeting
Daniel Cardinali and Diego Golombek
17.00 - 20.00: Lectures / Discussion
Jim Waterhouse: Time and teaching – the role of Chronobiology
Luiz Menna Barreto: Teaching chronobiology involves developing critical reasoning
20.00 - 21.30: Dinner


9.00 - 12.00: Panel: Chronobiology at school and in the workplace
Jeffrey Dyche: Comparison of sleep habits between US and French Air Force Academy cadets
Nita Miller: Sleep and academic performance in college-age students enrolled in US military training and education programs
Juan Antonio Madrid: Learning and teaching in chronobiology: two faces of the same coin
Moderator: Daniel Cardinali
14.00 - 17.00: Panel: Timing, sleep and education in adolescents
Biserka Radosevic-Vidacek: Sleep and daytime functioning of adolescents on a two-shift school schedule
Frida Fischer: The double burden of studying and working: effects on sleep, sleepiness and health among Brazilian working teens
Moderator: Antonio M. Battro
18.00 - 20.00: Poster session
20.00 - 21.30: Dinner
21.30: Late night lecture:
Hideaki Koizumi: Early integration of sleep, motor and thinking functions in brain development


9.00 - 12.00 Panel: Time for sleep, learning and teaching
Arne Lowden: Interventions to promote learning in school by considering sleep education, nutrition and bright light treatment
Martha Hansen: How do early morning school schedules affect adolescent sleep patterns and performance?
Moderator: Luiz Menna Barreto
14.00 - 18.00: Free afternoon
Visit to historical places (optional): Monreale, Segesta, Selinunte.
18.00 - 20.00: Poster session
20.00 - 21.30: Dinner
21.30: Late night lecture
Robert Levine: A geography of time

FRIDAY, May 25

9.00 - 12.00 Panel: Circadian control of learning and memory
Martin Ralph: Circadian rhythms in learning and memory
Pablo Valdez: Circadian rhythms in cognitive performance
Moderator: Diego Golombek
14.00 - 18.00: Informal group discussions
• Methods for assessing chronobiological changes in performance
Discussion leader: Jim Waterhouse – M. Ángeles Rol de Lama
• Changes in school timing: gradual or abrupt?
Discussion leaders: Luiz Menna Barreto - Margarita Dubocovich
• Time of day and human performance
Discussion leaders: Pablo Valdez - Martin Ralph
• Sleep and adolescence
Discussion leaders: Frida Fischer - Biserka Radosevic-Vidacek

18.00 - 20.00: Poster session
20.00 - 22.30: Dinner

Young investigators to present their work (posters):

• Sarah Tauber: Class start times and first period performance: a retrospective analysis
• Tyler Streit: Comparison of sleep habits between US and French air force academy cadets
• Kailin Tuscano: The sleepy student: assessment of class start time on sleep and Gpa in Usafa cadets
• Christie DeVany: Morningness / Eveningness preferences and performance
• Whitney Miller: Relationship between self-reported sleep patterns, gender and morningness-eveningness preference in an adolescent population
• Panayiotis Matsangas: Napping patterns of college age students: a preliminary study of the second year of USMA Class 2007
• Aileen Kenney: Quantifying sleep and performance of West Point cadets: a baseline study
• Kazuo Yano: Life tapestry: weaving reality, driving human growth
• Claudia Moreno: Early working students chronotypes seem to be more tolerant to a double-burden than late types
• Carolina Azevedo: Is a sleep educational program a solution for adolescent sleep problems?
• Daniela Wey: Napping in school
• Adrijana Koscec: Sleep and academic performance of adolescents attending school in two shifts
• Marija Bakotic: Effects of educational posters and leaflets on adolescents’ knowledge about sleep
• Aida García: Circadian rhythms in attention
• Candelaria Ramírez: Circadian rhythms in working memory
• Javier Talamantes: Circadian variations in strategies of responses
• M. Ángeles Rol de Lama: Teaching biological rhythms in endocrinology: cortisol, wrist temperature and impact of weekend night’s fever
• José Antonio Sarabia: A new simple and non invasive tool to analyse circadian rhythmicity in normal free living subjects
• Víctor Ortíz: A new synchronizer exposure test developed by chronobiology students
• M. Teresa Mondéjar: Oral glucose tolerance test and sleep wake state to acquaint chronobiology students with the importance of timing as a diagnostic tool
• Santiago Pérez Lloret: Sleep disordered breathing and daytime sleepiness are associated with poor academic performance in teenagers