Summary

Circadian rhythms touch upon every aspect of human biology. The future of circadian biology will rest heavily on the use of molecular biology techniques to dissect the biological time-keeping processes. For example, we will be able to ask and answer questions such as are circadian disorders and individual variations in period linked to polymorphisms of the clock genes? In addition, advances in circadian biology will allow physicians to develop more efficacious and rational therapies through a greater understanding of temporal variances in sensitivity. Furthermore, an increase our understanding of the ''clocks that time us'' will aid in the treatment of circadian-related disorders such as depression, sleep-wake disorders, SAD, aging-related circadian problems, and desynchrony (e.g., jet lag).

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AGING BRAIN • DEPRESSION • EVOLUTION OF THE BRAIN • HOMEOSTATIC MECHANISMS • HYPOTHALAMUS • SLEEP DISORDERS • TIME PASSAGE, NEURAL SUBSTRATES

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