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Organised by:
Professor Alexandra Johnstone, University of Aberdeen, UK
Dr Brendan Gabriel,University of Aberdeen, UK

Topic of Conference:

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow an intrinsic 24-hour cycle. These natural processes respond primarily to light and dark and affect most living things, including animals, plants, and microbes. Circadian rhythm regulation plays a crucial role in healthy lives and a dysfunction of circadian rhythm is linked to increased disease risk. 

This meeting includes plenary lectures from the leading experts in the field, supported by evolving science insights from Early Career Researchers. The meeting will explore nutrient and diet interaction with circadian rhythms, chrono-nutrition for health and circadian systems in disease. 

Aim: To understand the interaction between circadian rhythms and lifestyle to impact on health and disease.


• To discuss evidence on nutrient and diet interaction with circadian rhythms to influence health and reduce disease risk.

• To consider evidence on dysregulated circadian systems on risk of disease.

• To explore whether diet and lifestyle guidelines are applicable for prevention of multimorbidities.

Day One




Welcome and Introduction


Plenary Lecture One


Chronobiology for health and disease
Professor Frank Scheer, Harvard Medical School, USA 


Symposium One: Nutrient and diet interaction with circadian rhythms


Nutrient timing and metabolic regulation
Dr Harry Smith, University of Bath, UK


Chrono-type influence on appetite control & energy balance behaviours
Dr Kristine Beaulieu, University of Leeds, UK


NutriClock - Clock genes and circadian biomarkers as a novel phenotype of obesity
Dr Maria Pedro Sucena Guarino, Politecnico de Leiria, Portugal


Round Table Discussion


Lunch Break


Original Communication Session One


Symposium Two: Chrono-nutrition for health 


Impact of intermittent energy restriction on women's health
Dr Michelle Harvie, The University of Manchester, UK


Sleep and nutrition for athletes
Dr Ronan Docherty, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland


The importance of sleep-diet interactions for body weight management
Dr Wendy Hall, University of Leeds, UK


Round Table Discussion


Student Event


Close of Day


Drinks Reception
The Rowett Institute
*All delegates are welcome to attend this complimentary event

Day Two


Symposium three: Circadian systems in disease


Is time - restricted eating a robust eating regimen during periods of disruptions in daily life?
Assistant Professor Jonas Salling Quist, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Timing of eating for weight loss
Dr Alan Flannagan, University of Surrey, UK


Optimising exercise timing in people with Type 2 Diabetes and obesity
Professor Patrick Schrauwen, Maastricht University, Netherlands


Refreshment Break


Plenary Lecture Two


Time restricted feeding
Professor Satchidananda Panda, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, USA


Round Table Discussion


Close of Conference


Scottish Section Annual General Meeting 
*Open to all Scottish Section Nutrition Society Members 

This conference is an in-person event only. 

Conference venue:

King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3FX


Call for Abstract Details

The abstract submission portal for the Scottish Section Conference 2024 - Circadian rhythms in health and disease is now open. Submit your abstract here.

Please read the guidance on how to submit your abstract using the online system. 

Please read the instruction to authors and submit your abstract by 22 January 2024. Your abstract does not have to relate to the specific theme of the conference. You may also find tips on writing a successful abstract useful. 

Abstract submissions is open until 22 January 2024. 

Your abstract will be limited to 450 words (excluding references and author information). Please note that corrections will not be accepted after the deadline.

All communications regarding your abstract including acknowledgement and acceptance will be electronic using the email address provided on each submission. After submitting your abstract you will receive a confirmation email. 

How to Submit a successful abstract:

1) Use these tips on writing a successful abstract 

2) Read the instructions to authors

3) Submit your abstract by 22 January 2024

When will I hear if my abstract has been accepted ?

Authors will hear out by mid-February 2024 if their abstract has been accepted for presentation. All presenting authors will need to register to attend the conference in-person. 

If you have any queries, please contact the Society's Events Officer







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