Prof. Russell Foster

Head of Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology (University of Oxford)
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A Faulty Body Clock and Mental Illness

Sleep: we all do it and we all need it. But as of today, nobody really knows how it works. We know from research, that the circadian rhythm and sleep are closely related to physical and mental health. But what happens, when sleep and circadian rhythm are compromised as a result of societal pressures, aging and disease?

“In this talk, I will consider the relationship between sleep and disease, give examples of how sleep consolidation can lead to better health, and how measures of sleep could be used as a powerful diagnostic across the health spectrum. I will also briefly explain the light-detecting system within the eye that regulates circadian rhythms and sleep and its translation to the clinic.”


Prof. Russell Foster

is the head of Oxford’s Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the founder and director of the Sleep and Circadian Research Institute and is a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford.

For his work, Professor Foster was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2008, the Royal Society of Biology in 2011 and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. Russell was honoured by being appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015 for his services to Science.

He has published over 270 scientific papers and has received multiple national and international awards, including most recently the “Daylight Prize”. Additionally, he has co-written four popular science books and is working on his fifth for Penguin Random House to be published in 2022.


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