Russell Foster

Russell Grant Foster, CBE, FRS FMedSci (born 1959) is a British professor of circadian neuroscience, the Director of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the Head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi). He is also a Nicholas Kurti Senior Fellow at Brasenose College at the University of Oxford. Foster and his group are credited with key contributions to the discovery of the non-rod, non-cone, photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (pRGCs) in the mammalian retina which provide input to the circadian rhythm system. He has written and co-authored over a hundred scientific publications.

Books in order of publication:

Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive – 2009

Sleep: a Very Short Introduction – 2012

Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing – 2022

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