news and highlights


2019 Opening of VA Puget Sound Mental Health Building (the Iliff Lab’s home)

“Through the years, the Puget Sound VA also has emerged as the fifth largest research program within the national Department of Veterans Affairs system. It has been a focal point for studying PTSD and head injuries from blasts, which took on increased urgency as veterans returned from the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”


appearance on ‘people behind the science’ podcast

“If you’re concerned about funding and how hard it is to make it in an academic science career, keep in mind that if you are the best in your field, if you work harder, and if you have better insights than other people, then you will never have to worry about funding.”


2014 - talk at tedmed


2017 - Washington Post story on the glymphatic system

“Last year, Jeff Iliff, a neuroscientist at Oregon Health & Science University, and several colleagues examined postmortem tissue from 79 human brains. They focused on aquaporin-4, a key protein in glymphatic vessels. In the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, this protein was jumbled; in those without the disease, the protein was well organized. This suggests that glymphatic breakdowns may play a role in the disease, Iliff says.”



2017 - Alzforum coverage of J Neurosci study

“In the March 15 Journal of Neuroscience, scientists led by Maiken Nedergaard, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, and Jeffrey Iliff, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, report that in mice, teeny strokes have a broad impact on cleansing throughout the brain.”



2016 - Appearance on CBC program The Nature of Things: While You Were Sleeping

“I think the brain carries out its most sophisticated memory and brain functions while we sleep,” says Dr. Stickgold. “I think that what happens during sleep permits what happens in the waking brain,” agrees neuroscientist, Dr. Jeff Iliff.


2017 - Neuro Centro Interview


2017 - al jazeera - Sleep: the new commodity

“We all need it, we don’t get enough of it, and even though it makes us feel great, it always seems just out of grasp. No, it’s not money, it’s sleep.”



2016 - TED Radio Hour: Toxic

“Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.”



2016 - Appearance on the Academic Minute Podcast

“Your brain’s janitor may get worse as you age. In today's Academic Minute, Oregon Health and Science University's Jeff Iliff discusses how the brain’s cleaning process may be hindered as we get older, and could trigger diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Iliff is an assistant professor and vice chair for research in the department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at OHSU.”



2015 - Appearance on BBC Naked Scientists podcast, “The Secrets of Sleep”

“Sleep is essential. It makes you feel better and gets rid of those dark circles under your eyes, but it's importance goes way beyond that. It's when our bodies repair damage, renew cells, balance hormones, clean out waste products and so much more. Beyond that, sleep also helps support several aspects of mental health, brain function, and long-term wellness. But what happens when you don't get enough shut eye? Jeffrey Iliff has been tackling this question at Oregon Health and Science University.”


2014 National Geographic documentary “Sleepless in America”


2017 - Alzforum coverage of JAMA Neurology Study

“A study published in the November 28 issue of JAMA Neurology lends credence to this idea. Researchers led by Jeffrey Iliff at the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, report that a water channel called aquaporin 4 (Aqp4) goes missing from its normal site surrounding blood vessels in AD, suggesting that one of the brain’s clearance systems, the “glymphatic” pathway, may be compromised.”



2016 - Featured on NPR Morning Edition

“If Rooney and Iliff are right, the experiment will greatly strengthen the argument that a lack of sleep can lead to Alzheimer's disease. It might also provide a way to identify people whose health is at risk because they aren't getting enough deep sleep, and it could pave the way to new treatments.”



2015 - Seattle Times coverage of Paul G. Allen family foundation grant

““They put a call out for people willing to take some chances and try something crazy,” said Jeff Iliff, of Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland. He and his colleague William Rooney got $1.4 million to determine whether aging makes people more vulnerable by disrupting a natural housecleaning system in the brain.”