About this event

  • Date and time Tue 15 Jun 2021 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Respiratory Medicine

The Respiratory Medicine section is hosting an exciting event which will explore circadian biology and how it impacts on the care of respiratory patients. There will be a keynote speech given by Professor Russell Foster of Oxford University, a British professor of circadian neuroscience. There will be number of other prominent speakers, including Professor David Ray from the University of Oxford; who will present on the circadian regulation of lung inflammation. 

This is a full-day event aimed at Students, Trainees, Respiratory Registrars, ITU Registrars, Neurology Registrars, Consultants, Scientists and those specialising in Sleep Medicine. This awareness-raising event will be hugely informative with ample opportunities for audience participation and discussion.

The key topics covered will be as follows: 

  • Understand the mechanisms behind the cellular clock
  • Be able to describe how circadian biology affects pulmonary inflammation
  • Explain how the circadian clock impacts the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and pulmonary fibrosis
  • Grasp how circadian biology impacts the health of doctors
  • Recognise emerging treatments to treat circadian rhythm disturbances

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Early bird pricing available until 03 May 2021.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£95.00 £55.00 £55.00 £55.00 £30.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student Non Healthcare Professional
£150.00 £75.00 £75.00 £45.00 £35.00

Key speakers

Professor Russell Foster

Professor of Circadian Neuroscience University of Oxford

Professor David Ray

Professor of endocrinology at the University of Oxford 

Professor Debra Skene

Professor of Neuroendocrinology University of Surrey 

Dr John O'Neil

University of Cambridge 


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Registration, tea and coffee

Session 1 - Circadian biology: How does it work?

The different types of circadian pacemakers will be explored along with regulation of pathophysiological responses.

Human circadian timing mechanisms

J. O'Neill, Cambridge

Circadian regulation of lung inflammation

D. Ray, Oxford

Discussion: Are circadian clocks significant?
Tea and coffee break

Session 2: How circadian biology influences respiratory disease?

This session explores the relevance of circadian biology in chronic respiratory disease.

Circadian biology in asthma

H. Durrington, Manchester

Circadian biology in pulmonary fibrosis/acute lung injury

J. Blaikley, Manchester



Session 3: Can circadian rhythms be altered?

This session investigates how we can use circadian biology in the treatment of patients.

Circadian, sleep and light interactions: Signalling pathways to new therapeutics

R. Foster CBE, Oxford

Tea and coffee break
The effect of shift work on circadian biology: Does it matter for doctors?

D. Skene, Surrey

Discussion: Should we treat circadian rhythms?


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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