CCB Workshop on Circadian Rhythms & Shiftwork

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sanford Consortium, 1:30pm - 4:30pm, Lobby Conference Room

Developed in partnership between UC San Diego’s Center for Chronobiology and the Center for Continuing Education in Biosciences, this half-day workshop is designed to provide a-state-of-the-field but accessible examination of the significant challenges faced by people who must schedule their work/sleep routines into times not favored by their internal circadian clocks. From world-renowned experts, you will learn basic principles of clock function, the personal and performance costs of disrupted timing, and practical strategies for optimally adapting to shiftwork.

This workshop is primarily designed for professionals whose duties involve working at night, managers who schedule or supervise shift-workers, and medical and other service providers to these workers. Members of the public interested in sleep, jet-lag and other phenomena of daily timing will benefit also.

Registration fee: $100 (includes light refreshments) 

Cancellation Policy:  There will be a cancellation fee of $25.00.  No refunds will be made after January 22, 2014.  Requests must be received in writing via email:  Please allow approximately 1-2 weeks for refunds to be processed.

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Schedule and Speakers

1:00pm  Registration

1:30pm  Phyllis Zee - Basics of circadian rhythms
Benjamin and Virginia Boshes Professor of Neurology, Director of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

2:00pm  Hans P.A. Van Dongen - Sleep deprivation and performance
Research Professor of Psychology, Assistant Director of Sleep & Performance Research Center, Washington State University

2:30pm  Michael Gorman - What animal studies tell us about shift-work: health concerns and hopes for the future
Professor of Psychology, UC San Diego

3:00pm  Break 

3:30pm  Charmane EastmanShiftwork: What it does to us and how to deal with it
Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

4:00pm  Sonia Ancoli-Israel -  Insomnia: Consequences and cures
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medicine, UC San Diego

4:30pm  Adjourn

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand how brains and bodies are governed by daily clocks that resist the scheduling demands of shiftwork in our 24/7 society
  • Learn what animal studies indicate about health consequences of circadian disruption and how flexibility of clocks can be enhanced
  • Discover how inadequate sleep significantly impairs cognitive and work performance in real world and laboratory settings
  • Examine most common problems experienced by shift-workers and learn practical techniques for minimizing disruption of their circadian clocks
  • Implement strategies for combating insomnia and getting the most restorative value of sleep even under non-ideal conditions

For Workshop Information contact: Maysoon Lehmeidi