UGM graduate students of Chemistry, Moh. Syaifudin, joined Summer Research Program at University of Tsukuba, Japan, from 23 July- 3 August 2018. Themed 9th Summer Research Program in Biomedical and Environment Sciences, it was followed also by students from other countries such as Taiwan, Vietnam, Germany, Mexico, Russia, China, Bulgaria, and Brazil. “As many as 41 participants are assigned to 31 different laboratories,” said Syaifuddin on Tuesday (7/8) at UGM.
Syaifudin said he did the research in Molecular Pharmacology Laboratory in International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (IIS), University of Tsukuba. IIIS aims to explain the principle of sleep or awake biology, develop new strategies to diagnose, prevent and treat sleep disorder as well as improving human health by research.
Syaifudin was supervised by Prof. Masashi Yanagisawa M.D., Ph.D., IIIS director. According to Syaifudin, while at IIIS, he was tasked to do recording and implanting EEG/EMG electrodes to testing animal, he said.
Electroencephalography (EEG) is a method to monitor electrophysiology to record brain electric activity while electromyography (EMG) is electrodiagnostic technique to evaluate and record electric activity that is produced by skeletal muscles. As such, sleep counts with rapid eye movement, without rapid eye movement, and while awake can be obtained. “Thereafter, we can research in the sleep disorder effect,” he said,
At the end of the programme, participants were asked to present their research. As is known, the summer research programme was hosted by Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba and supported by JASSO and Sakura Science. reviously, Universitas Gadjah Mada and University of Tsukuba have done student exchange. This time UGM students that pass the programme were entitled to have scholarships in amount of 75,000 yen.