On Sunday 13 June, top sleep researcher Professor Russell Foster helped to end this year’s successful Times Cheltenham Science Festival with a sold out session.
More than 650 people turned out for a lively debate, sponsored by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (OxBRC), and chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Evan Davies.
Most people have been affected by sleep or lack of at some point in their lives and this audience were no acception. The lively talk gave insights into the latest research findings from Russell Foster who is the lead investigator of a team of researchers funded by the OxBRC to look at sleep and chronobiology and how this effects patient care. He is also the Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and the Head of Opthalmology at Oxford University.
The sleep and chronobiology sub-theme is designed as a programme of work, with complementary projects running in parallel. Our data will inform about aspects of sleep disturbance in different clinical scenarios to allow clinicians to identify affected individuals enabling them to better manage sleep disturbance in patients under their care.
The nature of this work lends itself well to translational applications and will facilitate improved awareness of sleep problems amongst the clinical community.