Most biological organisms contain a ‘body clock’, or circadian rhythm, which organises their physiology and behaviour to match the environmental cycle of day and night. When this biological rhythm is disrupted by jetlag or shiftwork it can seriously affect human health, increasing the risk of pathologies such as heart disease, neurodegenerative disorders and several types of cancer.
Dr John O’Neill is a Group Leader at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology with a long term interest in understanding how the circadian rhythm is controlled at the cellular level. His work has been widely published, ranging from Nature and Science to the Independent and the Naked Scientists.
Free and open to all, including drinks (donations appreciated) and plenty of time for discussion/Q&A afterwards. Guests are most welcome!
The speaker will also be joining the evening’s Formal Hall in College. Magdalene members are encouraged to book in. Not a Magdalene member, but still want to come? Please email science AT magd.cam.ac.uk, and we’ll try and sort something out.