Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches and Lectures


The Cytoskeletal Effects of Anesthesia and Oxidative Stress in Tauopathic Disease and Consciousness

Event Location / Date(s)

Interlaken, Switzerland / 2019-06-25 - 2019-06-28

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Conference Name / Publication Title

The Science of Consciousness (TSC) 2019


Oxidative stress is a pathological hallmark of neurodegenerative and is associated with ultraweak photon emission within cells. This contribution focuses on recent modeling efforts showing that cytoskeletal protein polymers in neurons can feasibly absorb and channel these photoexcitations via resonant energy transfer, on the order of dendritic length scales and neuronal fine structure. Additionally, we show how anesthetic molecules can impair this energy transfer, thus accounting for selective action of anesthetics on consciousness and memory.

This presentation was part of a panel workshop titled "Anesthesia, Neurodegenerative Disease, and Consciousness."