February 2012

Birds of a Feather Working Group on Applied Chronobiology and Sleep

Biological rhythms are ubiquitous characteristics of living systems. From the sub-second cycles of brain activity (EEG) to pulsatile hormone secretion; from the clock-like organization of circadian (near 24 hour) cycles to multi-day and seasonal cycles in reproductive activity, biological rhythms define how life organizes its activities and adapts to its environment. One major aspect of this adaptation is the organization of behavior into sleep and wake; however, all living processes, from basic cellular metabolism to complex memory formation, are dependent on a diverse and coordinated symphony of oscillations and cycles. Despite this, the true impact of sleep and biological rhythms has often been overlooked in engineering, architecture and product design, education, health care delivery systems and business practices. This is now changing and we believe that Drexel University is in a strategically advantageous position to assume a leadership position in the fields of applied chronobiology (the study of biological rhythms) and sleep research.

We are seeking colleagues interested in identifying and taking advantage of opportunities for sponsored translational research in applied chronobiology and sleep to:

Please contact Don McEachron for more information.