The Center for Chronobiology recently applied for and received an award from UCOP through the Research Opportunity Funds to seed a California-wide clocks initiative.
With this award the UCSD Center for Chronobiology will develop tools and workshops to foster new collaborations in the California circadian community. The first step of this program is to develop a web-based tool that allows investigators to identify grand challenges in the field of Chronobiology. This CCC website will serve as a virtual “think-tank” and will allow for the exchange of ideas and will provide the opportunity to match available resources with needs on a statewide level through the UC system. The top grand challenges that can be addressed through synergistic efforts between the UC Campuses will be discussed in more detail at our community session of the annual CCB Workshop. This novel addition to the annual CCB Workshop on November 8th will bring together circadian researchers from several UC Campuses. During this session we will host a panel discussion outlining the grand challenges identified by the community on the website and we hope this will allow us to plan a course for addressing these challenges with the combined resources of the UC system.
The Annual CCB Symposium, held on February 5-7, 2014, was once again a splendid success. We would like to announce and congratulate this year's poster prize winners: Most outstanding, Stephanie Papp (The Scripps Research Institute, Lamia Lab); our three best posters (in pictured order) Alicia Michael (UC Santa Cruz, Partch Lab), Federico Unglaub (CCB UCSD, Golden Lab), and Peter St. John (UC Santa Barbara).
The annual CCB Fall Workshop on Biological Timing, held on Friday, November 8, was once again a great success. The collaborative research discussion with circadian colleagues from other UCs was extremely productive. We congratulate all of the student/postdoc speakers, who gave uniformly excellent presentations. All will be rewarded with free registration to the 2014 international symposium "From Cells to Clinic," to be held February 5-7, 2014. Registration website: http://www.regonline.com/ccb.
Special kudos go to Pagkapol (Yhew) Pongsawakul for his presentation entitled "Regulation of second messenger pathways by cryptochrome." He won the prize for best trainee presentation, which will be a career-boosting invited speaker slot at our 2015 international symposium.
Please join us in congratulating all of our student/postdoc speakers, thanking all of our speakers and visiting UC faculty, and supporting the continued efforts of CCB to stimulate chronobiology research.
CCB Director Susan Golden was recently profiled in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Click here to view her profile.
Dr. Golden was also recently interviewed by one of her clocks students for an article in the Saltman Quarterly, the UCSD undergraduate journal.
Chronobiology is the biology of time, or the study of internal biological clocks. Biological clocks are found at all levels in living organisms. They 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. Although the commonly used phrase "your biological clock is ticking" relates to the window of years for becoming parents, many clocks are found in humans, such as the time to puberty, to menopause, and aging "clocks." Our research unit is focused on just one of these chronobiological phenomena: the daily or circadian clock.
The name circadian comes from the Latin circa, meaning "approximately," and diem or dies, "day;" thus, the word means "about one day." Examples of human health issues related to circadian rhythms—biological oscillations in activity that recur with a period of “about one day”—are the problems associated with jet lag and shift work, the depression of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and time-of-day differences in response to medications and treatments.
The clinical and medical relevance of chronobiology and circadian systems continues to grow in importance in shaping medical treatment, guiding research, providing new targets for drug development, and yielding insight into the inter-relatedness of various disease processes and circadian rhythms. Click here to learn more.