The ultimate aim of our research is to understand sleep for the improvement of human health and wellbeing.
The Surrey Sleep Research Centre (SSRC) was founded by Derk-Jan Dijk in 2003. With a vast wealth of experience, we conduct multidisciplinary and innovative studies on the regulation and function of sleep. Our research contributes to the understanding of how circadian rhythmicity, light, ageing, chronic stress, and hypnotics impact our sleep physiology and sleep quality.
We are home to a forward-thinking team of physiologists, molecular biologists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and engineers. We apply integrative and novel approaches to pre-clinical and clinical sleep research. This research is enabled by state-of-the-art human and animal research facilities and methodology.
Dijk DJ, Landolt HP. Sleep Physiology, Circadian Rhythms, Waking Performance and the Development of Sleep-Wake Therapeutics. Handb Exp Pharmacol. 2019;253:441-481. doi: 10.1007/164_2019_243. PMID: 31254050.
Santhi N, Lazar AS, McCabe PJ, Lo JC, Groeger JA, Dijk DJ. Sex differences in the circadian regulation of sleep and waking cognition in humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 May 10;113(19):E2730-9. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1521637113. Epub 2016 Apr 18. PMID: 27091961; PMCID: PMC4868418.
Laing EE, Möller-Levet CS, Poh N, Santhi N, Archer SN, Dijk DJ. Blood transcriptome based biomarkers for human circadian phase. Elife. 2017 Feb 20;6:e20214. doi: 10.7554/eLife.20214. PMID: 28218891; PMCID: PMC5318160.