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Allan I. Pack

John Miclot Professor
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology
Translational Research Laboratories
125 South 31st Street, Suite 2100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3403
Office: 215-746-4806
Fax: 215-746-4814
Graduate Group Affiliations
Education:
M.B.Ch.B
University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1967.
Ph.D. (Mathematical models of lung function)
University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1976.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Pack is pursuing research on genetics/genomics of sleep and its disorders. His laboratory is conducting studies in Drosophila and mice and translating these findings to humans. A particular focus of Dr. Pack’s work is to evaluate the genetic determinants of sleep homeostasis. Studies are ongoing to evaluate molecular mechanisms of sleepiness and sleep promotion using both hypothesis-driven and discovery science. The latter involves analysis of the changes in the transcription with sleep/wake and sleep deprivation in identified neuronal populations. Techniques being used include behavioral/sleep studies in Drosophila and mice, RT-PCR, Western analysis of protein, expression profiling, laser microcapture dissection, RNA seq and immunohistochemistry. Dr. Pack is committed to research training and directs two training grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Pack's clinical expertise is in sleep disorders with a particular focus on diagnosis and management of obstructive sleep apnea. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in this area and has been listed in the Best Doctor's in the United States and in the Philadelphia region (Philadelphia Magazine).

Selected Publications

Morgan, A.P., Gatti, D.M., Najarian, M.L., Keane, T.M., Galante, R.J., Pack, A.I., Mott, R., Churchill, G.A., de Villena, F.P.: Structural variation shapes the landscape of recombination in mouse. Genetics 206(2): 603-619, Jun 2017.

Xu, L., Han, F., Keenan, B.T., Kneeland-Szanto, E., Yan, H., Dong, X., Chang, Y., Zhao, L., Zhang, X., Li, J., Pack, A.I. and Kuna, S.T.: Validation of the Nox-T3 portable monitor for diagnosis and obstructive sleep apnea in Chinese adults. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 13(5): 675-683, May 2017.

Gerstner, J.R., Perron, I.J., Riedy, S.M., Yoshikawa, T., Kadotani, H., Owada, Y., Van Dongen, H.P.A., Galante, R.J., Dickinson, K., Yin, J.C.P., Pack, A.I. and Frank, M.G.: Normal sleep requires the astrocyte brain-type fatty acid binding protein FABP7. Science Advances 3(4): e1602663, Apr 2017.

Kim, J., Pack, A.I., Riegel, B.J., Chirinos, J.A., Hanlon, A., Lee, S.K., and Shin, C.: Objecive snoring time and carotid intima-media thickness in non-apneic female snorers. Journal of Sleep Research 26(2): 147-150, Apr 2017.

Eyseinsdottir, B., Gislason, T., Pack, A.I., Benediktsdottir, B., Arnardottir, E.S., Kuna, S.T. and Bjornsdottir, E.: Insomnia complaints in lean obstructive sleep apnea patients negatively affect positive airway pressure treatment adherence. Journal of Sleep Research 26(2), Apr 2017.

Lyons, M.M., Keenan, B.T., Li, J., Khan, T., Elkasabanny, N., Walsh, C.M., Williams, N.N., Pack, A.I. and Gurubhagavatula, I.: Symptomless multi-variable apnea prediction index assesses obstructive sleep apnea risk and adverse outcomes in elective surgery. Sleep 40(3), Mar 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsw081.

Zimmerman, J.E., Chan, M.T., Lenz, O.T., Keenan, B.T., Maislin, G. and Pack, A.I.: Glutamate is a wake active neurotransmitter in Drosophila melanogaster. Sleep 2017 Notes: 2017 Feb 1;40(2). doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsw046.

Watson, N.F., Buchwald, D., Delrow, J.J., Altemeier, W.A., Vitiello, M.V., Pack, A.I., Bamshad, M., Noonan, C. and Gharib, S.: Transcriptional signatures of sleep duration discordance in monozygotic twins. Sleep 2017 Notes: Jan 1;40(1). doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsw019.

Kalmbach, D.A., Schneider, L.D., Cheung, J., Bertrand, S.J., Kariharan, T., Pack, A.I. and Gehrman, P.R.: Genetic basis of chronotype in humans: Insights from three landmark GWAS. Sleep 2017 Notes: 2017 Feb 1;40(2). doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsw048.

Gao, X., Azarbarzin, A., Keenan, B.T., Ostrowski, M., Pack, F.M., Staley, B., Maislin, G., Pack, A.I., Younes, M. and Kuna, S.T.: Heritability of heart rate response to arousals in twins. Sleep 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsx055. [Epub ahead of print]

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Last updated: 06/09/2017
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