Bristol Clock Club

James Hodge -Rodent, roach & clocks

Project Overview 

We aim to improve our understanding of circadian rhythms and sleep across species (e.g.Drosophila, Zebrafish, mouse, human, etc) and levels (e.g. molecular, membrane, metabolic, behavioural rhythms, etc and including computational models). We wish to provide mechanistic insight and improve monitoring, diagnosis andtreatment of circadian and sleep disorder during ageing, stress, disease, (social) jetlag, light pollution, etc. Together we wish to strengthen student teaching, early career researcher development and public engagement in circadian and sleep science activity. Finallywe will build a platform for optimal data analysis, standardisation and storage of circadian rhythm and sleep data.     

Bristol Clock Club members: 

Drs James Hodge,Hugh Piggins, Stafford Lightman, Edgar Buhl, Matt Jones, Michael Ambler, Liz Coulthard, Victoria Gabb, Domingo TortoneseRebecca Richmond, Esther Crawley, David Stephens, Chrissy Hammond, Jake Ahern, Laura Pannell, Megan Jackson, Lukasz Chrobok, Thomas Upton, Becky Conway-Campbell, Emma Raven, Charlotte Muir, Timna Hitric, Amy Preston, Bangfu Zhu, Mino Belle and Krasi Tsaneva-Atanasova.  

Please email if you would like to get involved and/or attend the next meeting in Bristol 15th September 2022. With plenary talks by Prof Ralf Stanewsky ( and Aarti Jagannath ( 


Date: Thursday 15th September 2022


Contact if you wish to attend and join the community. 

Updates on the meeting will be circulated via the UK Clock Club mailing list, if you are a Circadian related researcher wishing to join this list then please sign up via JiscMail.

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee
11:00 - 11:15 Dr Sam Freeman (Prof Emma Raven lab) "Using the circadian clock to uncover fundamental heme biology"
11:15 - 11:45

Dr Becky Conway-Campbell (Prof Stafford Lightman lab) 

"Out-of-phase glucocorticoid exposure induces circadian misalignment disorder, impacting on brain function and behaviour"

11:45 - 12:30 Dr Aarti Jagannath “Molecular mechanisms underlying photic entrainment”
12:30 - 13:00 Dr Kofan Chen “A novel sleep controlling visual pathway in Drosophila”
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:20 Dr Lukasz Chrobok (Prof Hugh Piggins lab) "Circadian rhythmicity of the multicomponent hindbrain timekeeping centre"
14:20 - 14:45 Dr Edgar Buhl (Prof James Hodge lab) “The evolution of the membrane clock”
14:45 - 15:15 Jake Ahern (Prof Hugh Piggins lab)How the SCN may regulate neuroendocrine dopaminergic activity using GRP and VIP”
15:15 - 15:30 Dr Mark Naven (Prof Paul Martin lab) "Circadian regulation of wound inflammation"
15:30 - 15:50 Tea
15:50 - 16:05 Dr Liz Coulthard “A hormonal circadian marker in dementia
16:05 - 16:50 Prof Ralf Stanewsky “Drosophila circadian rhythms”
16:50 - 17:30 Pizza, snacks and drinks 
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