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Institute for Chronobiology Education and Outreach

Chronobiology, the study of internal biological clocks, continues to grow in importance. Biological clocks, found at all levels in living organisms, range from oscillations found in nerve cells on the millisecond scale to oscillations in minutes, hours, days, and years in a variety of organisms and tissues. Current research is yielding insights into the inter-relatedness of various disease processes and circadian rhythms thus confirming the clinical and medical relevance of chronobiology. The understanding of circadian rhythms will provide new targets for drug development and will shape medical treatment.

The Institute for Chronobiology Education & Outreach, in partnership with UC San Diego’s Center for Circadian Biology, offers short-courses, workshops and networking opportunities for professionals from academe, medicine and industry. The Institute for Chronobiology Education & Outreach will leverage UC San Diego’s strength in cutting edge circadian biology research and provide learning experiences aimed at changing the public health landscape.

Workshop on Circadian Rhythms and Shiftwork

2014 Outline and Agenda (PDF)

2015 Outline and Agenda (PDF)

Developed in partnership between UC San Diego’s Center for Chronobiology, this half-day workshop is designed to provide a-state-of-the-field but accessible examination of the significant challenges faced by people who must schedule their work/sleep routines into times not favored by their internal circadian clocks. From world-renowned experts, you will learn basic principles of clock function, the personal and performance costs of disrupted timing, and practical strategies for optimally adapting to shiftwork.

This workshop is primarily designed for professionals whose duties involve working at night, managers who schedule or supervise shift-workers, and medical and other service providers to these workers. Members of the public interested in sleep, jet-lag and other phenomena of daily timing will benefit also.

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand how brains and bodies are governed by daily clocks that resists the scheduling demands of shiftwork in our 24/7 society
  • Learn what animal studies indicate about health consequences of circadian disruption and how flexibility of clocks can be enhanced
  • Discover how inadequate sleep significantly impairs cognitive and work performance in real world laboratory settings
  • Examine most common problems experienced by shiftworkers and learn practical techniques for minimizing disruption for their circadian clocks
  • Implement strategies for combating insomnia and getting the most restorative value of sleep even under non-ideal conditions

2015 Instructors and Topics

Basics of circadian rhythms

Phyllis Zee, Director, Center for Sleep and Circadian Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

What animal studies tell us about shiftwork: health concerns and hopes for the future

Michael Gorman, Professor of Psychology, UC San Diego

Management strategies for sleep disorders (Insomnia, Apnea, Narcolepsy) and shiftwork

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medicine, UC San Diego

Transportation safety risks due to circadian biology: NTSB investigators and recommendations

Mark Rosenkind, Board Member, National Traqnsportation Safety Board


 For more information, please contact:

Felicia Murray

UC San Diego Extension, Program Representative
(858) 534-9353