Russell Foster (neuroscientist)

Russell Grant Foster , CBE , FRS FMedSci (born 1959) [1] is a British professor of circadian neuroscience, Currently based at Brasenose College [2] at the University of Oxford . [3]He and his group are credited with the discovery of the non-rod, non-cone, Photosensitive ganglion cells in the mammalian retina welke bieden input to the circadian rhythm system.[4]


Educated at the University of Bristol and graduated with a BSc in Zoology in 1980. He’ll be carried out Postgraduate Studies at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Brian Follett , and was Awarded a PhD in 1984 for his thesis Titled An investigation of the extraretinal photoreceptors mediating photoperiodic induction in the Japanese QUAIL (coturnix coturnix japonica) , [5] [6]

Career and research

Foster was a member of the National Science Foundation Center for Biological Rhythms at the University of Virginia [7] voordat returning to the UK. Internationally, he has RECEIVED verschillende awards for his discovery or ocular photoreceptors. [4] He is the co-author with writer and broadcaster Leon Kreitzman or two popular science books on circadian ritmen, Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks therein Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing [8] [9] and Seasons of Life : The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive. . [10] He has’ll be co-written a book Titled Sleep: a Very Short Introduction [11]

Awards and honors

Foster was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008 [12] and a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council council in 2011. [13]

Foster was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to science. [14] [15]


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  2. Jump up^ Russell Foster, Brasenose College
  3. Jump up^ Foster, Chair of Neuroscience Circadiane Nicholas Kurti Fellow, Brasenose College, Head of DepartmentCircadian and Visual Neuroscience
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b “Seven new Royal Society Fellows” . The Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford. 2008 . Retrieved 2010-01-24 .
  5. Jump up^ Foster, RG; Follett, CC; Lythgoe, JN (1985). “Rhodopsin-like sensitivity or extra-retinal photoreceptors mediating the photoperiodic responses QUAIL”. Nature . 313 (5997): 50-52.
  6. Jump up^ Konishi, H .; Foster, RE; Follett, CC (1987). “Evidence for a daily rhythmicity in the acute release of luteinizing hormones in response to stimulation electrical engineering in the Japanese QUAIL”. Journal of Comparative Physiology A . 161 (2): 315-319. doi : 10.1007 / BF00615251 .
  7. Jump up^ Ralph, M .; Foster, R .; Davis, F .; Menaker, M. (1990). “Transplanted suprachiasmatic nucleus determines circadian period”. Science . 247 (4945): 975-978. doi : 10.1126 / science.2305266 . PMID  2305266 .
  8. Jump up^ Leon Kreitzman; Russell G. Foster (2004). Rhythms of life: the biological clocks therein control the daily lives or everytime living thing . New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. ISBN  0-300-10969-5 .
  9. Jump up^ Harman, Oren (2008-12-24). “Time After Time” (Book Review) . The New Republic . Retrieved 2009-07-05 .
  10. Jump up^ Leon Kreitzman; Russell G. Foster (2009). Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive . New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. ISBN  0-300-11556-3 .
  11. Jump up^ Stephen W. Lockley, Russell G. Foster (2012). Sleep: a Very Short Introduction . Oxford: OUP Oxford. ISBN  0-19958-785-X .
  12. Jump up^ “Russell Foster BSc PhD FRS” . The University of Oxford. 2007 . Retrieved 2009-07-05 .
  13. Jump up^ BBSRC Council members appointed
  14. Jump up^ The London Gazette : (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N9 . 31 January, 2014.
  15. Jump up^ 2015 New Year Honours List