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A one-year-update: Gali on the timing of exercise in humans

PhD candidate Gali Albalak has started over a year ago on her project in WP1.2. It is time for an update on her findings and plans. It’s about time! By Gali Albalak In the first cluster of this consortium (‘Clocks in Society´) there is a work package that aims to uncover the timing of behavioural aspects on circadian health. Together with my promotion team consisting of dr. Raymond Noordam, dr. Diana van Heemst, and professor David van Bodegom, I (Gali Albalak, PhD student)...

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A one-year-update: Ayano on the timing of exercise

PhD candidate Ayano Shiba has started one year ago in WP1.2. An update of her work at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN). Know your clock! by Ayano Shiba Have you ever thought about staying fit with a minimum of effort? If yes, we assure you that you will benefit from the results of our research. When you exercise, not only the intensity and duration are important, but also the timing is crucial. Our internal body clocks produce rhythms of approximately 24-hours,...

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Insects in the spotlight: Gabriel studies the impact of light at night on the clocks and behavior of insects

Gabriel Charvalakis has recently started his PhD research at the Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) in Wageningen and the University of Groningen. Under supervision of dr. ir. Kamiel Spoelstra and dr. Roelof Hut, he investigates all aspects of light that may have an influence on insects. The number of insects is decreasing rapidly, and one of the reasons may be the enormous amount of light pollution worldwide. Can we adjust the color or intensity of lights in order to save...

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Inge wants to find chemical ways to target the biological clock

Inge Snijders has recently started her PhD research at the University of Leiden. Under supervision of prof. Dr. Laura Heitman and Dr. Daan van der Es, she will look for new targets and modulators of the biological clock. Since the circadian system is involved with many diseases but also becomes more dysfunctional with age for instance, it is highly important to find drug targets that can interfere with the functioning of the clock. Inge will work on this and introduces herself here. Tell...

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The BioClock Academy!

We are proud to present the BioClock Academy! On the 21st of September, 2022, we will kickoff with a monthly online seminar aiming for an introduction to basic concepts and understanding of biological rhythms. For anyone who is relatively new to the field of chronobiology, certain concepts may be challenging to grasp. With our Academy, we will tackle those issues with seminars by experienced researchers. the first seminar will be held by professor Johanna H. Meijer, the coordinator...

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Nihal studies how we can integrate chronobiology in secondary school education!

Nihal Fawzi has recently started her PhD trajectory at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She will investigate how the topics of circadian clock, daily rhythms and its impact on health can be incorporated in the biology education at high school across the Netherlands. Together with her supervisors dr. Marco Kragten and dr. Bert Bredeweg, she will design a new programme and evaluate it during her project. Tell us a little about yourself, who are you, where are you from...

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Laura Kervezee receives Heineken Young Scientist Award!

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded one of four Heineken Young Scientist Awards 2022 to BioClock co-leader Laura Kervezee. She is the winner in the Medical/Biomedical sciences section and receives 10.000 euros. Laura has been awarded the prize for her research after the effects of disturbance of biological rhythms on health. Read more about the prize here. The BioClock consortium is very proud of Laura, congratulations!

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