Professor Peretz Lavie

In 1975 Professor Peretz Lavie joined the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he founded the Sleep Research Laboratory and the Center for Sleep Medicine. He served as head of the Unit of Behavioral Biology in the Faculty of Medicine and head of the Technion Research Center for Work Safety and Human Engineering, as well as dean of the Faculty of Medicine. He currently holds the André Ballard Chair in Biological Psychiatry, and has served as the Technion’s Vice President for Resource Development and External Relations since 2001.

His research over the years was dedicated to sleep and sleep disorders. In order to describe periods of the day marked by changes in levels of alertness and the way in which they affect the ability to function he coined the terms “gates of sleep” and “forbidden zones for sleep”. His findings have had important implications for the planning of work shifts and for investigations of work-related and motor accidents. He was also one of the first scientists to examine the impact of the hormone melatonin. Another area he has focused on is the influence of traumatic events on sleep and dreams. In recent years he focused his attention on mortality and its causes in patients with sleep apnea, and together with his wife, Dr. Lena Lavie, he is investigating the underlying mechanisms of cardiovascular morbidity in patients with this syndrome.

A multidisciplinary approach to Sleep Disorders

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