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What does the human eye tell the human circadian clock?

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Light profoundly affects our physiology and behaviour by delaying and advancing our circadian clock and suppressing the production of endogenous hormones such as melatonin. These effects are largely mediated by a special class of so-called intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) expressing the short-wavelength sensitive photopigment melanopsin. The ipRGCs also receive synaptic input from the cones and rods, thereby integrating information from the canonical photoreceptors as well. This talk will give an overview of methods and recent results for understanding how the different photoreceptors in the retina contribute to the circadian and neuroendocrine physiology in humans.


About the speaker

Dr Manuel Spitschan is a University Research Lecturer and Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. After reading psychology at the University of St Andrews and finishing his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His research focuses on the effects of light and lighting on human physiology, with a specific interest in integrating knowledge from visual and circadian neuroscience.


Manuel Spitschan (Oxford University)

will be held online via Zoom. The link will be sent automatically to ScienceCampus and DPZ members. Other interested persons are asked to sent an email (cschloegl@dpz.eu) to receive the link.

Datum und Uhrzeit 05.11.20 - 15:00 - 16:15 Anmeldung nicht notwendig

Veranstaltungsort will be held online via zoom


Leibniz ScienceCampus Primate Cognition

Kontakt Dr. Christian Schloegl
Leibniz ScienceCampus Primate Cognition
German Primate Center
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen
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