Joe Winer, PhD

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I am a neuroscientist studying sleep and memory in the aging brain.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in the Mormino Lab. I am also a member of the Center for Sleep & Circadian Sciences.


How does sleep change as we get older, and how do changes in sleep affect our memory and thinking? What is the role of sleep in disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease?

To answer these questions, I study sleep in the lab using polysomnography and in real life using actigraphy and questionnaires. I also use neuroimaging methods like MRI and PET to see how changes in sleep are associated with the early signs of neurological disease.


My research has shown that different measures of sleep electrophysiology are associated with levels of tau and amyloid, the brain proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease. We also found that a measure of slow-wave sleep can be used to forecast future amyloid accumulation.

My research has been published in Current Biology, The Journal of Neuroscience, and JAMA Neurology. It has also been featured in places like Good Morning America, USA TodayCNN HealthNPR’s Short WaveThe Scientist, Discover Magazine, Alzforum, National Institute on Aging, and the UC Berkeley News.