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Imperial to host international sleep conference

For immediate release
Thursday 22 February 2005

The first Fatigue, Sleep and Biological Clocks International Conference is to be held at Imperial College Londons South Kensington campus on 31 March and 1 April 2005.

Professor Russell Foster, from Imperial College London and conference organiser, comments: "Sleep is such an important part of our lives, and the amount we get can make a huge difference, yet there is still so much about it that we dont understand. We hope this conference will help raise awareness of the impact sleep disruption can have on health."

The topics discussed at the conference will include brain mechanisms of sleep-wake regulation, the impact of sleep disorders on fatigue, how sleep deprivation can affect your health, and ways to deal with sleep disorders.

Professor Stephen Smith, Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London adds: "This will be a very exciting conference, and I am very much looking forward to attending. Russell has carried out some very important research, which has been crucial in advancing our understanding of how the human body clock operates. These two days will provide the opportunity to develop many aspects of this subject and to make the science behind it more accessible so that we can use it to improve health."

The conference will be held in Lecture Theatre 220, Mechanical Engineering Building, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ.

The conference is being supported by the Linbury Trust.

Anyone wishing to attend the conference should contact Sharon Baker on

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Imperial College London Press Office
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