Other activities

Pages dedicated to the dissemination of other Chonobiology-related activities, but not promoted by the ISC.

24th International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time – call for abstracts

On behalf of the Scientific Committee on Shiftwork and Working Time of the International Commission on Occupational Health (Working Time Society) and Washington State University's Sleep and Performance Research Center, we are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the 24th International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time, to be held September 9-13, 2019, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA.

Please find the call for abstracts and download the submission template on the meeting website, www.shiftwork2019.com. Abstract submissions will be accepted until March 1, 2019.

For more information on the 24th International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time, visit www.shiftwork2019.com. Join scientists, practitioners, and other stakeholders from around the world to meet, network, collaborate, and present on shiftwork and working time organization. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Hans Van Dongen & Kimberly Honn, organizers

Melatonin and the circadian system: role in health and diseases

The Institute of Biomedical Research of Vigo (IBIV), within BIOCAPS´ Project Framework, will celebrate the Seminar “Melatonin and the circadian system: role in health and diseases" on the 29th of May 2015 in the Edificio Miralles. Sala 1, University Campus Lagoas, Marcosende, University of Vigo (Spain).

National and international researchers will expose their studies describing the role of circadian system and melatonin in ageing, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes.

The language of the seminar will be English. You can find the programme download it from this link.

Prior inscription is mandatory. Please, complete the registration form here. Registration is free and is open until the 20th of May 2015.

Looking forward to seeing you at the seminar.

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XII Latin American Syposium on Chronobiology

The XII Latin American Syposium on Chronobiology was held in Mendoza, Argentina last October.

A workshop on Chronobiology Education was organized and colleagues from Chile (John Ewer), Mexico (Raúl Aguilar), Argentina (Diego Golombek), US (Eric Herzog) and myself from Brazil, discussed four themes as follows:

  • How important you find teaching basic concepts of Chronobiology?
  • At what age should those concepts begin to be taught?
  • To teach Chronobiology you think the principles of homestasis should be presented first?

A lively debate followed and distinct opinions were presented. Comments on the topics or other education issues are welcome, please address them to the individual participants or to cronola@gmail.com.

Report by Luiz Menna-Barreto (menna@usp.br)
Education Committee of the ISC

BioMed Research International - Call for Papers

Special Issue on Circadian System Development and Plasticity

Lead Guest Editor: Estela Muñoz

More info

11th Vienna Biocenter PhD symposium

Vienna, Austria from 7th to 8th November 2013

TIME: how nature sets the clock

Time matters... and undoubtedly is a crucial component of life in various fascinating aspects. Our planet earth rotates around its own axis once in about 24 hours creating fluctuations in light and temperature.

For more information, please go to http://www.vbc-phd-symposium.at

International Chronobiology Summer School

Berlin, Germany. September 16-21, 2012

Dear ISC members,

The international Chronobiology Summer School, organized by the groups of A. Kramer and H. Herzel, will be held 16-21 September in the city center of Berlin, Germany. The summer school brings together students and leading scientists of our field.

The school features several invited lectures and tutorials that will review the state-of-the-art and challenges in chronobiology from clock mechanisms in individual cells to physiology and behavior. Teachers: Steven Brown, Menno Gerkema, Erik Herzog, Hanspeter Herzel, Achim Kramer, Martha Merrow, Michael Menaker and Till Roenneberg.

All participants are asked to present a poster describing their own work. Places are limited to 30 students. Key dates: 31st May 2012: registration dead line; 31st August 2012: poster submission deadline

The registration fee (150 euros) includes admission to the school, school materials, meals and coffee breaks: accommodation is not included. Registration fee for SRBR members will be reimbursed by the SRBR.

For more details see:    http://web.bccn-berlin.de/CBS2012/

Best wishes,

Achim Kramer

24th Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR)

Geneva, Switzerland. June 24-27, 2012

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to invite you to the 24rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR) in Geneva, Switzerland from June 24th - June 27th, 2012.

SLTBR (www.sltbr.org) is a not-for-profit international organization dedicated to fostering research, clinical applications, and consensus development in conditions related to light and biological rhythms, including seasonal affective disorder, jet lag, shift work, sleep disorders, eating disorders, non-seasonal major depression, bipolar disorder, and premenstrual syndrome. We study light therapy, chronotherapy, melatonin, serotonergic medications, etc., as well as the biological effects of environmental lighting.

Our 2012 international meeting will feature cutting edge research presented in oral and poster sessions, an invited speaker, Prof. Ueli Schilber (University of Geneva), a 2000 Louis Jeantet Prize Winner, has agreed to provide the keynote lecture entitled “The daily rhythms of genes, cells, and organs” along with 3 symposia:

  • “Light and chronotherapeutic approaches in cancer, SAD and healthy people”
  • “Genetic Influence on biological rhythms”
  • “Impact of Lighting Environment on Health and Work Safety”

Additional meeting information can be found on our website, www.sltbr.org. Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact SLTBR at www.sltbr.org.

I hope you will join us in Geneva in June.


Marc Hébert, Ph.D.
SLTBR, President (2010-2012)

Fascinating Rhythms: A Conference on the History and Philosophy of Biological Rhythms

Minnesota, USA. May 11-12, 2012

Fascinating Rhythms: A Conference on the History and Philosophy of Biological Rhythms will be held at the University of Minnesota from May 11-12, 2012

This conference has been organized as a forum to bring historians, philosophers, and scientists into conversation about the history of biological rhythm studies.  Sessions will include:  Rhythms, Cycles, and the Environment in the Early 20th Century; Laying Foundations in the 1950s; The Biological Clock in the Molecular Age; The Reproductive Clock; Tools and Technologies; Biological Rhythms in the Clinical Setting

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine with support from the NSF, Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES-0958974), the Earl and Doris Bakken Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota

For information and registration, visit www.historyofchronobiology.com.

23th Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR)

Montreal, Canada. July 10-13, 2011

More information in: www.sltbr.org

The III World Congress of Chronobiology

Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico. 5-9 May, 2011

The Congress is organized by the Latin American Group of Chronobiology on behalf of the World Federation of Societies on Chronobiology.

More information in: http://www.ifc.unam.mx/3wcc/index.html

The XI Latin American Symposium of Chronobiology

Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. 4-5 May, 2011

The meeting is organized by the Latin American Group of Chronobiology.

More information in: http://www.ifc.unam.mx/lasc/XI_Latin_American_Symposium_of_Chronobiology/Home.html

Chinese National Conference of Medical Chronobiology

Huangshan, P.R. China. April 13-16, 2009

The meeting was organized by Chinese Society of Medical Chronobiology, the Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine.  In the evening of April 13, the second reunited meeting of Chinese Society of Medical Chronobiology took place. There were more young chronobiologists joined the Chinese Society of Medical Chronobiology, especially those works in the frontiers of science and chronobiology. This meeting was focused on possible national collaboration in the field of chronobiology and clinical application of chronomedicine. The discussion was active and many good ideas have been suggested. We expected that our meeting could supply an opportunity for the national wide exchange and collaborations. Besides, the next Chinese national conference on medical chronobiology was decided to be held in 2011. There were about sixty abstracts presented in the proceedings and more than sixty people from all over the country attended the 2009 Chinese National Conference on Medical Chronobiology. Besides, Dr. Edmunds from USA presented in the conference and has reported a wonderful review titled “signal transduction between circadian oscillators and cell cycle clocks”. Other 10 presentations were addressed in the conference, which concerned the recent advances in chronobiological experimental or clinical studies, especially in China. In basic medical research field,  Dr. Tong Jian, from Suzhou University (Suzhou), presented their research results on circadian expression of clock gene and its physiological function; Dr. Xian Li-Jian, from Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou), reviewed data of clock gene on tumor suppressing; Dr. He Qi-Yang, from Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (Beijing), reported the research progress on the pattern of circadian clock in Neurospora crassa;  Dr. Zhou Qi-Zhi, from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Chengdu), reported the regulatory effect of acupuncture on biological clock. In the application field, Dr. Sun Jian from Sun Yat-Sen University, reported their chronopharmacological study results on 5-Fu and cis-platinum complexes in nude mouse with nasopharyngeal carcinoma;Dr. Xu Feng (Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang) reported on the chronobiology characteristic of therapeutic index in the combined chemotherapy with cis-platinum complexes, doxorubicin and cyclo- phosphamide; Dr. Zhao Zi-Yan (Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Jinan) reported on the chronomedical regulations on blood pressure morning-surge, etc.

During the conference, most of the participants have visited the area of Huangshan as well and enjoyed greatly of the natural beauty and local culture of some old villages. The conference was closed on 16th, April. We regret of leaving Huangshan with wonderful remembrances of both academic exchanges and the beautiful mountain.

Dr. Zhao Zi-Yan, Professor
Director, Anti-Senility Research Center of Shandong,
Institute of Materia Medica Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences
89 Jingshi Road, 250062 Jinan, Shandong, P.R. China
Email: ziyanzhao@163.com.cn.