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Susan J. Sara

Laboratory of Physiology of Perception and Action CNRS-College de France, Paris, Île-de-France, France 
learning, memory, neuromodulation, noradarenaline
"Susan Sara"

After obtaining a degree in Physiological Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College (New York), SJS studied Phenomenological Psychology and Neurosciences at the University of Louvain (Belgium), obtaining a Ph.D. in 1976. This was followed by post-doctoral work at Oxford University with the late Professor J. Gray and New York University Medical School (Dept of Neurology).

Recruited by the CNRS in 1981, her research addresses the question of how attention, motivation and emotion are mediated in the nervous system to influence short and long term memory processes. Focus is on neuromodulatory systems, especially noradrenaline, using a multidisciplinary approach - single unit recording in behaving rats, pharmacology and immunocytochemistry, always in close conjunction with behavioural analysis. The temporal dynamics of long term memory consolidation, retrieval and reconsolidation has been an important part of this work over the years.

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Poe GR, Foote S, Eschenko O, et al. (2020) Locus coeruleus: a new look at the blue spot. Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
Novitskaya Y, Sara SJ, Logothetis NK, et al. (2016) Ripple-triggered stimulation of the locus coeruleus during post-learning sleep disrupts ripple/spindle coupling and impairs memory consolidation. Learning & Memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.). 23: 238-48
Sara SJ. (2015) Locus Coeruleus in time with the making of memories. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 35: 87-94
Doucet EL, Bobadilla AC, Houades V, et al. (2013) Sustained impairment of α2A-adrenergic autoreceptor signaling mediates neurochemical and behavioral sensitization to amphetamine. Biological Psychiatry. 74: 90-8
Sara SJ, Bouret S. (2012) Orienting and reorienting: the locus coeruleus mediates cognition through arousal. Neuron. 76: 130-41
Eschenko O, Magri C, Panzeri S, et al. (2012) Noradrenergic neurons of the locus coeruleus are phase locked to cortical up-down states during sleep. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991). 22: 426-35
Gais S, Rasch B, Dahmen JC, et al. (2011) The memory function of noradrenergic activity in NON-REM sleep Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 23: 2582-2592
Sara SJ. (2010) Reactivation, retrieval, replay and reconsolidation in and out of sleep: connecting the dots. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 4: 185
Ramadan W, Eschenko O, Sara SJ. (2009) Hippocampal sharp wave/ripples during sleep for consolidation of associative memory. Plos One. 4: e6697
Mölle M, Eschenko O, Gais S, et al. (2009) The influence of learning on sleep slow oscillations and associated spindles and ripples in humans and rats. The European Journal of Neuroscience. 29: 1071-81
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