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Russell Foster    

Professor of Circadian Neuroscience & Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi)

Before moving to the University of Oxford in 2005/2006 Russell was Chair of Molecular Neuroscience at Imperial College, London. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Bristol and remained in Bristol to do his PhD and undertake post-doctoral work under the supervision of Professor Sir Brian Follett FRS. He then moved to the University of Virginia, USA and from 1988–1995 as a member of the National Science Foundation Center for Biological Timing, returning to the UK in 1995 to Imperial College, London. Russell’s research interests span the neurosciences, but with a focus on the regulation and generation of sleep and circadian rhythms, and what happens when these systems go wrong across multiple areas of health. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and four popular science books on sleep and circadian rhythms.

For his discoveries he has received many prizes and honours, not least election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2008. In 2015 alone he was awarded the Farrell (Harvard University) and Feldberg (Germany) Prizes. He delivered the Sourkes Memorial lecture (McGill University) and the Royal Society of Medicine, Anne Silk lecture (London). Russell was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Bristol, returning one year later to deliver the commencement speech for biomedical graduates. Also in 2015 he was appointed as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to science. This honour was presented by Prince William at Windsor Castle.

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