Russell Foster (neuroscientist)
|Born||August 19, 1959|
|Awards||Fellow of the Royal Society, Doctor of Philosophy, Commander of the Order of the British Empire[*]|
|Thesis||An investigation of the extraretinal photoreceptors mediating photoperiodic induction in the Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) (1978)|
Russell Grant Foster, CBE, FRS FMedSci (born 1959) is a British professor of circadian neuroscience, currently based at Brasenose College at the University of Oxford. He and his group are credited with the discovery of the non-rod, non-cone, photosensitive ganglion cells in the mammalian retina which provide input to the circadian rhythm system.
Educated at the University of Bristol and graduated with a BSc in Zoology in 1980. He also 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),
Career and research
Foster was a member of the National Science Foundation Center for Biological Rhythms at the University of Virginia before returning to the UK. Internationally, he has received several awards for his discovery of ocular photoreceptors. He is the co-author with writer and broadcaster Leon Kreitzman of two popular science books on circadian rhythms, Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing and Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive.. He has also co-written a book titled Sleep: a Very Short Introduction
Awards and honours
Foster was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2008 and a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council council in 2011.
- http://www.bnc.ox.ac.uk/323/about-brasenose-31/academic-staff-150/professor-russell-foster-607.html Professor Russell Foster, Brasenose College
- http://www.neuroscience.ox.ac.uk/directory/russell-foster Russell Foster, Chair of Circadian Neuroscience, Nicholas Kurti Fellow, Brasenose College, Head of DepartmentCircadian and Visual Neuroscience
- "Seven new Royal Society Fellows". The Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford. 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
- Foster, R. G.; Follett, B. K.; Lythgoe, J. N. (1985). "Rhodopsin-like sensitivity of extra-retinal photoreceptors mediating the photoperiodic response in quail". Nature 313 (5997): 50–52.
- Konishi, H.; Foster, R. G.; Follett, B. K. (1987). "Evidence for a daily rhythmicity in the acute release of luteinizing hormone in response to electrical stimulation in the Japanese quail". Journal of Comparative Physiology A 161 (2): 315–319. doi:10.1007/BF00615251.
- 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.
- Leon Kreitzman; Russell G. Foster (2004). Rhythms of life: the biological clocks that control the daily lives of every living thing. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-10969-5.
- Harman, Oren (2008-12-24). "Time After Time" (Book Review). The New Republic. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
- 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.
- Stephen W. Lockley, Russell G. Foster (2012). Sleep: a Very Short Introduction. Oxford: OUP Oxford. ISBN 0-19958-785-X.
- "Russell Foster BSc PhD FRS". The University of Oxford. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
- http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/people-skills-training/2011/110405-pr-new-council-members.aspx New BBSRC Council members appointed
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2014.
- 2015 New Year Honours List