#241: Elise Facer-Childs, PhD – Circadian Phenotypes, Brain Function & Athletic Performance

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Elise Facer-Childs, PhD

Elise Facer-Childs is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Brain Health at the University of Birmingham. She has done research on sleep, circadian rhythms and neuroimaging. She works with human participants to uncover the impact that our body clocks can have on brain structure and function, genetics, physiology and performance.

Elise has presented her research at an International Conference for the European Biological Rhythms Society (EBRS)/World Chronobiology Congress (WCC) and has given presentations at the UK’s largest circadian conferences (UK Clock Club).

In This Episode We Discuss

  • Understanding circadian phenotypes
  • Neuroimaging (fMRI) to understand how the brain is affected by time of day
  • Time of day vs. time relative to internal circadian clock
  • Practical implications for "night owls" and "morning larks"
  • Personal best performance times differ significantly between circadian phenotypes
  • Circadian phase shifting

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