Luis Castillo Vidal

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The hypocretins (Hcrt; also known as orexins) and melanin-concentrating hormone comprise distinct families of neuropeptides synthesized in cells located in the lateral hypothalamus and adjacent areas. The Hcrts are thought to modulate food intake and sleep/wake patterns in mammals. Melanin-concentrating hormone has a well-documented role in energy(More)
Light is the most prominent synchronizing stimulus for circadian rhythms. The circadian visual system responds in accordance with the energy content of photic stimuli longer than a few seconds. Here, as few as three flashes (2 ms each delivered to hamsters over 5 or 60 min at circadian time 19) elicited large phase advances. Ten or more flashes were(More)
Three-dimensional (3D) reaggregate tissue culture provides a means of quantitatively assessing neuronal cell survival under a variety of experimental conditions. A method is presented for estimation of, and comparison between, the total numbers of cells of a given neurochemical type within individual experimental flasks. The method involves cell counting(More)
nity is why planning and scheduling, a very applicable research field, finds so little use. What keeps the fine advances in this field made over recent years hidden? The international Scheduling and Planning Applications Workshop (SPARK) was established to help address this issue. Building on precursory events, SPARK'08 was the first workshop designed to(More)
The intergeniculate leaflet (IGL) and its neuropeptide Y (NPY) projection to the main circadian clock, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), have been the focus of extensive research conducted, for the most part, on nocturnal rodent species. However, a variety of anatomical and physiological differences between the circadian system of diurnal and nocturnal(More)
A popular trend in semantic segmentation is to use top-down object information to improve bottom-up segmentation. For instance, the classification scores of the Bag of Features (BoF) model for image classification have been used to build a top-down categorization cost in a Conditional Random Field (CRF) model for semantic segmentation. Recent work shows(More)
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