About this event

  • Date and time Tue 15 Jun 2021 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Respiratory Medicine

Circadian rhythms are increasingly being recognised as a key driver of diseases. Not only do they generate novel therapeutic targets but also allows us to manipulate them through environmental interventions such as the timing of feeding or intensity of lighting.

The Respiratory Medicine Section is hosting this exciting online event that will explore circadian biology and how it impacts the care of respiratory patients. Join this webinar to explore the influence of sleep on circadian rhythms and how sleep can drive pathological effects through the circadian clock.

Also, a key disruptor of circadian rhythms is shift work as this disrupts the normal oscillation. Doctors and other healthcare professionals often do shift work as part of their job and therefore this is one of the reasons they get the disease. This seminar seeks to explain the consequences of this.

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • 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
  • Explain how these rhythms are under the control of a specific network of proteins termed the circadian clock
  • Discuss evidence linking this to many respiratory diseases such as primary graft dysfunction, Asthma, COPD and acute lung injury

This will be relevant to students, trainees, respiratory registrars, ITU registrars, neurology registrars, consultants, scientists and those specialising in Sleep Medicine. 

A CPD certificate with 2 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Standard pricing available until 15 June 2021.


RSM Member RSM Trainee RSM Student
£12.00 £9.00 £6.00

Non - Member

Non - Member Trainee Student
£20.00 £15.00 £10.00

Key speakers

Professor David Ray

Professor of endocrinology at the University of Oxford 

Professor Debra Skene

Professor of Neuroendocrinology University of Surrey 

Professor Russell Foster

Professor of Circadian Neuroscience University of Oxford


View programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr John Blaikley

Circadian regulation of pulmonary disease

Prof David Ray

How circadian rhythyms mediate adverse effects of shift work

Prof Debra Skene

Circadian, Sleep and Light Interactions: Signalling pathways to new therapeutics

Prof Russell Foster

Panel discussion and questions



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.  

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