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BBSRC New Investigator Award given to Surrey academic for research into genes and the body clock

17.10.2006
Dr Simon Archer of the University of Surrey School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences has recently been granted a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) New Investigator Award for £380,948 over three years to further his research into circadian clock gene polymorphisms, or how differences in DNA sequences among individuals, groups, or populations can affect body clocks to make them ‘larks’ or ‘owls’ with regards sleep and sleeping patterns.

The grant, which will enable the employment of a full-time postdoctorate researcher, will specifically allow Dr Archer to study in more depth the two different variants of the PER3 polymorphism that he has already shown to be associated with extreme morning preference and delayed sleep phase syndrome.

More recently, Dr Archer and colleagues at the Surrey Sleep Research Centre, have studied people with the PER3 polymorphism in controlled sleep labs and found that this polymorphism also links strongly with the control and maintenance sleep.

The research will provide the models that will allow us to investigate further the molecular mechanisms of PER3 regulation of sleep and circadian biology.

Stuart Miller | alfa
Further information:
http://www.surrey.ac.uk

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