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Join us with a drink in hand to hear scientists from the University of Manchester's Centre for Biological Timing explain how your circadian body clock regulates virtually every process in your body from the sleep cycle to the digestive, cardiovascular, and immune systems! The time of day may influence how you think, feel, respond and behave more than you previously thought!
Body clocks – in sickness and in health
Dr Maria Canal (Senior Lecturer, Neuroscience, The University of Manchester)
From when we go to sleep and wake up, to the time during the day when we are best at solving crosswords or at sports, our behaviour and the way our bodies function is determined by our internal biological clocks, the master of which sits in a small region of the brain. So what happens when we become ill or when our clocks go wrong? And importantly, how can we use what we know about clocks to our advantage? From young children to the aged and from dementia to mental health, knowing about our body clocks can be a helpful tool to have.
How to hack your chronotype?
Devin Simpkins (Phd Student, The University of Manchester )
Do you know if you are a morning or evening person? Your chronotype is your propensity for sleep at certain times of the day. We will discuss how to discover your chronotype, the factors that influence it and its wider implications for life in the modern world.
Shedding coloured light on the biological clock
Dr Josh Mouland (Research Associate)
Evolution has favoured those that can predict the periodic variation in our environment such as the day:night cycle and time their behaviours and physiological processes accordingly. Hence many organisms have developed a biological clock with a period of ~24hours. This clock needs constant fine tuning to time behaviours/physiological processes to the appropriate time of day. One of the main sources of information is light variation. Whilst much is known about how brightness effect the clock, little is known about how daily variation in spectral composition (‘colour’) may effect it.
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