Light, Clocks and Sleep: Biology to Therapeutics Event as iCalendar

26 October 2017


Venue: Lecture Theatre 505-011, Ground Floor, Building 505

Location: Grafton Campus, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Cost: There is no charge to attend this public lecture, however RSVPs are required

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Until recently it seemed inconceivable to most vision researchers and ophthalmologists that there could be an unrecognised class of photoreceptor within the mammalian eye.

After all, the eye was the best understood part of the central nervous system: one hundred and fifty years of research had explained how we see!

However, by studying how circadian rhythms and sleep are regulated by the dawn/dusk cycle we showed that there exists a “3rd class” of photoreceptor based upon a small number of photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (pRGCs) that utilise the blue light sensitive photopigment melanopsin.

The research that led to this discovery, the clinical implications of this work, and recent findings on how the pRGCs interact with the molecular systems that generate circadian rhythms and sleep will be explored in this presentation.



Russell Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. He heads the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and is the Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi).

His research is focused upon how circadian rhythms and sleep are generated and particularly how these systems are regulated by light. Russell was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2008 and to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013.

In 2015 he was appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for Service to Science. Russell is a member of the Governing Council of the Royal Society and Chairs the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee; he is also a Trustee of the Science Museum.

Russell has over 230 peer reviewed publications and has co-written four popular science books.



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