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#5 – Russell Foster: Biological clockwork


Russell Foster is a world leading Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and is the Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophtalmology and Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford. His research addresses the neuroscience of vision and circadian rhythms, as well as the health consequences of sleep disruption. His work on the discovery of photosensitive retinal ganglion cells in the mammalian retina has revolutionized our understanding of how light entrains our circadian rhythms. Russell is also a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences and has co-written four popular science books on circadian rhythms. TIMESTAMPS (00:50) – Importance of biological clocks (5:36) – Sleep is a temporal compartmentalization (9:28) – Why light is important (17:04) – How the body represents time (22:57) – Chronotypes (25:50) – Effect of sunrise and sunset on circadian rhythms (29:28) – Light and circadian rhythms (33:02) – The master clock of the body (36:06) – Discovering photoreceptors of the circadian system (47:40) – Open questions (51:07) – Hacking your circadian rhythm (55:41) – Night shift workers (1:04:04) – Sleep/productivity tradeoff (1:08:06) – Advice for young scientists

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25 Sep 2021

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Circadian Rhythms (with Dr. Russell Foster)


Dr. Russell Foster is a professor of circadian neuroscience at Oxford. We talk about the various types of biological rhythms, what happens if the clock is thrown off, and his early interest in science.


26 Jun 2021

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Talking Teenagers - Season 3 - Sleep with Dr Russell Foster

Talking Teenagers

Further information about Dr Russell Foster can be found at https://www.ndcn.ox.ac.uk/team/russell-foster


1 Apr 2021

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Russell Foster - Improve Your Sleep

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Russell Foster is a neuroscientist at the University of Oxford, and is the Director of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, as well as the head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute.


17 Oct 2020

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S1. Ep 16. How to Improve Your Sleep with renowned sleep expert, Professor Russell Foster

The Happy Menopause

Sleep can feel like the holy grail for women in midlife – something you’re desperately searching for which is incredibly hard to find. There are many reasons that sleep can be elusive during the menopause – hot flushes, night sweats, palpitations and anxiety can all play their part in disrupting our slumber. And when we don’t get enough sleep, this dramatically affects our health and well-being – leading to fatigue, irritability, poor judgement and loss of creativity; affecting mental health, immune function and even contributing to weight gain. But help is at hand with my latest podcast guest, as I speak to renowned sleep expert Professor Russell Foster who’s just the person we need to help us get our sleep back on track.Russell is the Founder and Director of the Sleep & Circadian Research Institute and Head of Oxford University’s Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and has carried out decades of research into the science of circadian rhythms and sleep cycles. With multiple awards and worldwide recognition for his work and over 250 scientific papers on the subject, there’s no doubt that we’ll be receiving the very best advice to support our sleep.Discover Russell’s 4-pillar approach to getting a good night’s sleep; learn why sleep apps are mostly a waste of time and understand the science behind our circadian rhythms and how exposure to morning light is the key to a good night’s sleep. Russell is full of fascinating insights and practical tips to make a material difference to the quality of your sleep, so tune in to hear what he has to say.If you've enjoyed this episode please leave a review on Apple iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts as it helps to spread the word, so that new listeners can find the show and join The Happy Menopause party.


7 May 2020

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Prof Russell Foster, The Science of Sleep


In the fourth episode of this lockdown series, we spoke to Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Oxford University. Russell is a world-leading expert in sleep and its relationship with mental health. Our conversation looked at this relationship between sleep and mental health, the importance of sleep for cognitive performance, and how to get a good nights sleep during the lockdown.If you want to find out more about Russell's work:Website- https://www.ndcn.ox.ac.uk/team/russell-foster See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


29 Apr 2020

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Episode 7 - Prof. Russell Foster

The Academic Armchair

Ever felt like you don't have time for a good nights sleep?  You'll never think that again after listening to this fascinating episode with University of Oxford's sleep expert Prof. Russell Foster! He explains to us why sleep is so important, the science behind out body clock and how he switched marine biology for neuroscience.  To read more about his research follow this link: https://www.ndcn.ox.ac.uk/research/circadian-and-visual-neuroscience-foster Stay tuned for our upcoming podcasts by following us on twitter @academicarmpod. Please tweet us or drop us an email if you'd like to get in touch academicarmchair@gmail.com Music: Bulbasound - Fashion Hip-Hop Instrumental (2019) - Provided by Jamendo


3 Mar 2020

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Why do we sleep? | Russell Foster | Closer Today

Finding Fertility

Why do we sleep? | Russell Foster | Closer Today You can connect with Russell Foster here | Listen to the whole talk here 🍍 #beyourownhero #infertility #ttc #ivf🎙 Subscribe to The Infertile Diagnosis Podcast over on your favourite podcast platform:Apple Podcast  | Google Play+🌺 3 THINGS THAT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN HELPING YOU GET & STAY PREGNANT.Download it for free here!📝 Baby & Me JournalPositive Thoughts, Positive MeMonicaAnything written or said about health and diet are my opinions, that I have formed over the years, through trial and error, study, reading, listening and observing. What worked for me, may not work for you. I am not a doctor, nutritionist or dietician and all medical advice should be gotten from a qualified professional. Product recommendations are based on what I used during my infertility journey or wish I had.


3 Mar 2020

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Episode 31: Russell Foster

Radio English

In today’s episode we’re discussing the Radio 4 Desert Island Discs interview with Russell Foster, Professor of circadian neuroscience. We’ll explain what ‘circadian’ actually means and other science related words like ‘microscope’ and ‘lab’. We’ll also talk about what it means if someone 'takes someone under their wing’ and what a ‘badge of honour’ is. Read through a list of advanced words and phrases from the interview on my blog Watch Russell Foster's Ted Talk, called 'Why do we sleep'. Join the discussion in the Facebook Group If you have enjoyed today's episode and you have found it helpful, can you help me let others know about it too? Just leave a rating and review on itunes (and subscribe if you haven't already). That would be amazing! Thank you so much!


13 Dec 2019

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Professor Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience

Desert Island Discs

Professor Russell Foster is head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford, professor of circadian neuroscience and the director of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology. An expert in sleep, he describes it as 'the single most important health behaviour we have'. Born in 1959, as a child he loved his toy microscope and digging up fossils. Despite being labelled “entirely non-academic” by his headmaster and attending remedial classes for some years, he achieved three science A levels which won him a place at the University of Bristol.There, he developed an early interest in photo-receptors - cells which convert light into signals that can stimulate biological processes. This eventually led to his post-doctoral discovery, in 1991, of a previously unknown type of cell – photosensitive retinal ganglion cells – in the eyes of mice. His proposition that these ganglion cells – which are not used for vision, but to detect brightness – exist in humans too initially met with scepticism from the ophthalmological community. Russell’s research has made a significant impact, proving that our eyes provide us with both our sense of vision and our sense of time, which has changed the clinical definition of blindness and the treatment of eye disease. He has published several popular science books.Russell is married to Elizabeth Downes, with whom he has three grown-up children.DISC ONE: Ode to Joy from the 4th movement of Symphony No. 9, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler, performed by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth Höngen, Hans Hopf, Otto Edelman and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra DISC TWO: Die Walkϋre Act 3, Finale, from Der Ring des Nibelungen, sung by Hans Hotter and performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus DISC THREE: Don Giovanni, K. 527: Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata by Kiri Te KanawaDISC FOUR: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by EurythmicsDISC FIVE: (Nimrod): Adagio by BBC Symphony Orchestra DISC SIX: Title: Chasing Sheep Is Best Left To Shepherds by The Michael Nyman BandDISC SEVEN: The Mikado, Act II: The Sun Whose Rays by The D'Oyly Carte Opera CompanyDISC EIGHT: Let’s Misbehave by Irving Aaronson BOOK CHOICE: The collected works of Adrian John DesmondLUXURY ITEM: A mask, snorkel, flippers and underwater cameraCASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Die Walkϋre Act 3, Finale, from Der Ring des Nibelungen, sung by Hans Hotter and performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera ChorusPresenter: Lauren LaverneProducer: Cathy Drysdale


8 Dec 2019