Non-24 Expert Panel

Surrey, UK in 1997 and joined the Faculty at Harvard Medical School in 2003. A main focus of his research work has been to understand circadian rhythm disorders in the blind and visually impaired and he has established the largest database of characterized circadian rhythm disorders in the blind worldwide. Dr Lockley was the first to show that appropriately-timed melatonin treatment could reset non-24-hour circadian rhythms in totally blind patients and more recently, he has examined the properties of circadian photoreception in visually blind patients. He is on the editorial board for the journal SLEEP and received the National Sleep Foundation's Healthy Sleep Community Award as part of the Harvard Work Hours Health and Safety group for work on resident work hours. He is a co-author of 'Sleep: A Very Short Introduction' and co-editor of 'Sleep, Health and Society' both published by Oxford University Press.

 

Debra J. Skene, PhD

Debra J. Skene, PhD, is Professor of Neuroendocrinology in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K. Educated in South Africa (B.Pharm, MSc, PhD), she joined the University of Surrey in 1984. She has over 25 years of research experience studying the human circadian timing system and has authored over 100 research publications. Her recent research has been funded by the EU FP6 and FP7 programmes, UK Cross Research Council New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme, the BBSRC (UK) and Philips Lighting. She is currently a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. Professor Skene and her team's research is directed towards characterization and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders as experienced by blind people, shift workers and the elderly. Her team's findings have led to the optimization of melatonin (dose, time of administration) and light (wavelength, time of administration) to affect the human circadian clock. Professor Skene is currently Vice-President (Basic) of the European Sleep Research Society and Vice-President of the European Biological Rhythms Society. She is a past Chair of a Gordon Research Conference (Pineal Cell Biology, 2012), currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sleep Research and on the Editorial Board of