Chrononutrition: Circadian clocks, mealtimes and metabolic disorders


Monday 12 November 2018

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Food & Health Forum , Sleep Medicine Section , Physiological Society


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This joint meeting between the Food & Health Forum and the Sleep Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine is also in association with the Occupational Medicine Section and The Physiological Society.  

It provides a unique multidisciplinary opportunity to focus on the relationship between the human circadian system, physiological processes and nutrition as well as the impact of their integrative roles in the development of metabolic disorders.   

Understanding these interactions is particularly important as evidence suggests that sleep irregularity and shift work contributes to the development of obesity and related metabolic disorders as a result of an imbalance of the timing of food intake and energy expenditure with circadian rhythms. Strategies and dietary guidelines for coping with health and performance problems associated with sleep deprivation and shift work will be addressed.  

You will hear presentations from UK and international experts in neuroscience, physiology, sleep medicine, nutrition, cardiovascular medicine and epidemiology, occupational and public health. Both morning and afternoon sessions will be followed by interactive Panel discussion with delegates.  


9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

Rhythms of life

Professor Robert Pickard, Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology, University of Cardiff

9.55 am

Question and answer session

10.00 am

Circadian clocks and metabolism: Integration of dietary and circadian control

Dr Jonathan Johnston, Reader in Chronobiology and Integrative Physiology and PGR Director, School of Biosciences and Medicine, University of Surrey

10.25 am

Question and answer session

10.30 am

Tea and coffee break

10.50 am

Impacts of eating times and food content on sleep and circadian rhythm

Speaker to be confirmed

11.10 am

Question and answer session

11.15 am

Shift work, sleep and performance: Food choices

Dr Helen McKenna, Intensive Care Research Fellow, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Matt Wilkes, Specialty Registrar, NHS Lothian

11.35 am

Question and answer session

11.40 am

Sleep duration and timing of meals: Impacts on metabolic syndrome, obesity and weight management

Professor Marta Garaulet, Professor of Physiology and Nutrition, University of Murcia, Spain

12.10 pm

Question and answer session

12.15 pm

Panel discussion

12.45 pm


1.45 pm

Energy intake: Meal size and frequency and fasting

Professor Alexandra Johnstone, Personal Chair, University of Aberdeen

2.15 pm

Question and answer session

2.20 pm

Leptin, ghrelin and sleep disorders

Dr Ari Manuel, Consultant in Sleep Medicine, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2.40 pm

Question and answer session

2.45 pm

Sleep disruption and cardiometabolic consequences

Professor Franco Cappuccio, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Warwick

3.10 pm

Question and answer session

3.15 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.35 pm

Chrononutrition: Building the evidence for more personalised dietary guidelines

Dr Suzana Almoosawi

3.55 pm

Question and answer session

4.00 pm

Sleep and obesity: Are we getting fatter?

Professor Peter Kopelman, Principal, St George's, University of London.

4.20 pm

Question and answer session

4.20 pm

Panel discussion

4.55 pm

Closing remarks

5.00 pm

Close of meeting

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