Debra J. Skene

Debra J. Skene, PhD, is Professor of Neuroendocrinology (2001- ) and Section Lead for Chronobiology at the University of Surrey, UK. Educated in South Africa (B.Pharm, MSc, PhD), she joined the University of Surrey in 1984. She has over 25 years of research experience studying the human circadian timing system and has authored over 150 refereed research publications. Her recent research has been funded by the EU FP6 and FP7 programmes, UK Cross Research Council New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Programme, the BBSRC and MRC (UK). She is also a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder.

Professor Skene and her team's research is directed towards characterisation and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep/wake disorders as experienced by blind people, shift workers and older people. Her team’s findings have led to the optimisation of melatonin (dose, time of administration) and light (wavelength, time of administration) to affect human circadian timing. Currently her research team is studying the links between human circadian clocks, sleep and metabolism in health, circadian disorders and metabolic diseases (shift workers, Type 2 diabetes, liver disease) using LC-MS metabolomics.

Professor Skene is President of the European Biological Rhythms Society (EBRS) (2015- ) and past Vice-President (Basic) of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS) (2010-2014). She is a past Chair of a Gordon Research Conference (Pineal Cell Biology, 2012), currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sleep Research and on the Editorial Board of Chronobiology International. She is a Co-Director of Stockgrand Ltd (www.stockgrand.co.uk), a University-based company specialising in the measurement of melatonin and other circadian rhythm markers.

Professor Skene has taught on numerous European and international training courses on Sleep and Chronobiology, having been the ESRS Education and Training Co-Ordinator (2006-2010) and a member of the Programme Committee, EU-ESRS Marie Curie Project “Training in Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine” (2007-2010).

David Tomlinson

David Tomlinson has 34 years of experience as a professional presenter. His dynamic style and engaging rapport with audiences has led decision makers to call on David to host corporate gatherings at events around the world.  He has been training medical professionals in presentation skills for the last 15 years and is frequently invited to speak at International Congresses around the world. Today he combines his practical experience with his training know-how to help others to progress. He is bilingual in French and English and makes his home today in Paris, France.