Nursing Neuroscience Lab

neuro lab

Welcome to the Nursing Neuroscience Lab at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Our program is focused upon identifying neural mechanisms that, when perturbed, manifest as night time disorders of sleep. Many of those “night time” disorders are accompanied by “daytime” symptoms of fatigue, hypersomnolence, executive dysfunction, and impaired response to stress.

We integrate both basic- and clinical- science experimental approaches to explore the following questions:

  1. Why does neural dysfunction that emerges only during “sleep,” present with symptoms “perceived” only during wake?
  2. Which biochemical pathways contribute to the symptom of “fatigue” and do those pathways differ from those pathways responsible for the symptom of “sleepiness.”
  3. Do subclinical events occurring during brain development lead to neurochemical dysfunction and symptoms of reduced vigilance, impaired memory and hypersomnolence?

Please visit our current projects pages to see more of what we do.

The laboratory is located adjacent to underground access routes that connect the School of Nursing with the School of Medicine as well as the University Hospitals of Cleveland medical complex.‌

Four pictures of nursing students working

Current Projects


Michael Decker, PhD, RN, RRT, Diplomate
American Board of Sleep Medicine
Associate Professor
School of Nursing