Medicine and Health

Circadian Rhythms and Sleep: biology to new therapeutics

Our biological clock schedules our sleep, mood, strength and blood pressure. Prof Russell Foster, one of the world leaders in circadian rhythms and sleep will deliver a public lecture .

Our biological clock schedules our sleep, mood, strength and blood pressure, and on 3rd October Pro Russell Foster, one of the world leaders in the area of circadian rhythms and sleep will deliver a public lecture at UCC. Prof. Foster, whose TED Talk “Why do we Sleep?” has had nearly 8 million views, has written four popular science books and is the Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, the founder and Director of the Sleep and Circadian Research Institute and is a Fellow of Brasenose College Oxford. Our daily circadian rhythms and sleep/wake cycle allow us to function optimally in a dynamic world, adjusting our biology to the demands imposed by the day/night cycle. For cells to function properly they need the right materials in the right place at the right time. Thousands of genes must be switched on and off in a specific order. Proteins, enzymes, fats, carbohydrates, hormones, nucleic acids and other compounds need to be absorbed, broken down, metabolised and produced in a precise time window. Energy has to be obtained, and then partitioned across the cellular economy and allocated to growth, reproduction, metabolism, locomotion, and cellular repair. Without this internal circadian organisation, our biology would be in chaos. Prof. Foster’s talk will consider the mechanisms that generate and regulate circadian rhythms and sleep, the essential physiology and behaviour regulated by these systems, what happens when our circadian rhythms and sleep are disrupted as a result of disease and societal pressures, and what we can do now, and perhaps in the near future, to help us cope with sleep and circadian rhythm disruption in key diseases such as blindness, neurodegenerative disease and mental illness. FREE TICKETS available on Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/RussellFosterCork

Category: Conferences: Medicine and Health
Date:
Time: 7-8.30pm
Location: Boole 3 lecture theatre
Target Audience: General Public; staff; students
Admission Price: € Free but must be booked on Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/RussellFosterCork
Contact: Dr Catherine Buckley
021 4903362
http://apc.ucc.ie

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