Supernumerary Fellow in Circadian Neuroscience, Brasenose College
Professor of Circadian Neuroscience
Head, Department of Ophthalmology

Research Interests

The research interests of my group range across visual neuroscience, circadian rhythms and sleep. Our most notable contribution has been the discovery of a third class of photoreceptor within the vertebrate eye which consists of a small sub-set of photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (pRGCs). We approach research questions using a multidisciplinary approach spanning gene discovery, expression, silencing and ablation and use functional assays that include calcium imaging, circadian behaviour and EEG/sleep. Most recently we have established a Centre for Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience within the Biomedical Centre to place fundamental findings in sleep and circadian neuroscience into a clinical context.  The work of this centre  is directed towards an understanding of the causes of sleep and circadian rhythm disturbance in neurological disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar, dementia etc. and the development of evidence-based countermeasures; With the Oxford Eye Hospital we are exploring the impact of retinal disease on sleep and circadian rhythm disruption. Key awards: Honma Prize (Japan), 1997; Zoological Society Scientific Medal (UK), 2000; Cogan Award (USA), 2001; Edridge Green Medal from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, 2005. Publications: 140 peer reviewed papers; Books: Rhythms of Life: The biological clocks that control the daily lives of every living thing". Profile Books UK (editions in USA, Japan, Italy and Korea).

Contact Details

Russell G. Foster BSc PhD
Professor of Circadian Neuroscience
Head, Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology
Nicholas Kurti Senior Fellow, Brasenose College
University of Oxford
Level 6 West Wing
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU
Tel: +44(0)1865 234792
E-mail: [email protected]
PA: Ms Toria Summers
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +44(0)1865 234637

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