Nobel Winners research may help people who are blind with sleep disorders

Oct 2, 2017

Nobel Prize 2017: Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash And Michael W Young Awarded

Sleep patterns for people with vision loss are often interrupted due to circadian rhythm patters being thrown off due to lack of light perception.  

Today it was announced that three American scientists — Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young — have been awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine, who identified the gene that controls circadian rhythms in plants, animals, and humans, which may prove to be beneficial to people with vision loss.

Professor Russell Foster, head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford, who has long worked in the area of circadian rhythms, believes this research could provide the platform to help those with degenerative diseases as well as blindness and schizophrenia.

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