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Professor Russell Foster

Russell Foster

Professor Russell Foster (University of Oxford)

10 March 2016
GLT2, Medical School Building
Professor Sudhesh Kumar, Dean of Warwick Medical School, is delighted to welcome Professor Foster to give a Dean's Distinguished Lecture.




Light, Sleep and Time: Neuroscience to Therapeutics

Russell Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) at the University of Oxford. He holds a Fellowship at Brasenose College Oxford.

Russell’s research interests are focused upon the understanding of sleep and circadian rhythms, spanning the fundamental neuroscience of these systems to the application of this knowledge for the improvement of health across ophthalmology, mental illness and teenage health.

He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2008 and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. His work has also been recognised with multiple awards and honours including the Honma prize (Japan), Cogan award (USA), and Zoological Society Scientific & Edride-Green Medals (UK). In December 2014, he was awarded the Feldberg Prize and in April 2015 gave the prestigious Theodore L. Sourkes Lecture at McGill University, Montreal. Before Oxford,

Russell was based at Imperial College where he was Chair of Molecular Neuroscience. He received his BSc and PhD at the University of Bristol and was awarded a DSc in 2015. From 1988–1995 he was a member of the National Science Foundation Center for Biological Timing at the University of Virginia. In 1995 he returned to the UK and established his group at Imperial College.

Currently he is Chair of the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Royal Society Public Engagement Committee. Russell has contributed to many TV and radio programmes, written for newspapers and magazines, and is the co-author of three popular science books “Rhythms of Life”; “Seasons of Life” and “Sleep: A very short introduction”. In the 2015 New Year’s Honours, Russell was awarded a CBE for Services to Science.


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