Emerging field of circadian medicine gets a boost with new global association

Monash University

World-leading experts in the emerging field of circadian medicine are proud to announce a new global association to further the science of sleep and other circadian rhythms, and take those findings into clinical practice.

The International Association of Circadian Health Clinics (IACHC) will bring together researchers and clinicians across the globe – including the USA, Asia, Europe and Australia – to develop evidence-based, personalised patient care centred around the circadian timing system.

Monash University Professor of Sleep and Circadian Medicine, Shantha Rajaratnam, said the association was a major step in advancing circadian-informed diagnosis and treatment for many disorders.

“Circadian processes affect every system in the body, and have an enormous impact on sleep, metabolism, mental health and progression of diseases such as cancer,” he said. “This association will advance and coordinate the emerging field of clinical circadian medicine to achieve significant impact on healthcare and benefit to patients.”

Researchers from Monash University’s Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health and School of Psychological Sciences have formed a working group to steer the association’s vision, with colleagues at Harvard Medical School (including Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital), Northwestern University, University of Colorado, Brown University, Canada’s McGill University, the Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel in Switzerland, the University of Bergen in Norway, and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

The association will offer members:

Research and innovation: research initiatives, encourage innovation, and drive technological advancements in circadian medicine.

Educational resources: programs, webinars, workshops, and conferences to foster continuous learning and professional development.

Advocacy and representation: a unified voice for circadian health professionals and clinicians, promoting industry best practices, and influencing policy decisions.

Networking opportunities: access to a diverse community of research and clinical professionals, to forge valuable connections, exchange ideas, and build partnerships.

Membership of the International Association of Circadian Health Clinics is open to professionals, organisations, and stakeholders across the sleep and circadian medicine field. Visit https://circadianhealthclinics.com/

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