Russell FOSTER 300kb


Supernumerary Fellow in Circadian Neuroscience, Brasenose College
Professor of Circadian Neuroscience
Director, Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute
Head, Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology

Research Interests

My research address how circadian rhythms and sleep are generated and regulated and what happens when these systems fail as a result of societal pressures and/or disease. A key finding was the discovery and characterization of an unrecognized light-detecting system within the eye that regulates circadian rhythms and sleep, and most recently, the translation of this work to the clinic. I was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2008 and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. In 2015 I received the Order of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Science. I am a member of the Governing Council of the Royal Society, and established and led for six years the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee. I am also a Trustee of the Science Museum. Based upon our research, we have established a spin-out company called Circadian Therapeutics. I have been honoured to receive multiple national and international awards.


My team has published over 250 scientific papers and I have written four popular science books, and I am working on a fifth!

Contact Details

Professor Russell Foster CBE, FRSB, FMedSci, FRS
Director, Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi)
Head, Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology
Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
OMPI, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology
University of Oxford, South Parks Road

E-mail: [email protected]
PA: Ms Toria Summers
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)1865 618 661

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