Welcome to the Chronobiology Workshop, a collaboration of colleagues associated with the University of Minnesota, who are interested in exploring the history of study of biological rhythms and chronobiology.  Our plan is to meet once a month during the 2010-11 academic year, beginning in September, with the intention of 'mapping out' the historical and philosophical contours of chronobiology as it developed, mainly in the 20th century to the present. Results of this exchange of ideas will be posted on this website: to encourage research projects undertaken by some of you, other interested scholars and students; to decide on speakers to bring to campus; to develop curricula for a graduate seminar to be held Fall Semester 2011 and an undergraduate course; and, ultimately, to organize a small conference/workshop for the Spring Semester 2012.  Details, including the NSF grant proposal, may be found on the About page.

We encourage people to brainstorm together about the history of biological rhythms research and chronobiology—what it entails, its temporal and topical scope, how to go about doing this, and so on.  This website is a work in progress and may be edited by those involved in the grant. If you are not on the grant but have information that would be useful to the project or a suggested correction to the information presented, please email the RA on the project: Maggie Hofius at hofiu002@umn.edu


New monograph in the history of chronobiology in the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (vol. 103, part 2).  The early history of the organizational meeting and first decade of the Societas pro studio rhythmi biologici, Ronneby 1937.


Fascinating Rhythms conference attendees 11 May 2012

Recent Posts

  • Graduate Seminar Fall 2011!
    Announcing a fall 2011 graduate seminar at the University of Minnesota in the history and philosophy of chronobiology.

    To view the pdf, download the attached document.

    Posted Sep 27, 2011, 10:47 AM by Margaret Hofius
  • Smolensky Lecture
    Linked below is a podcast of Michael Smolensky's lecture, from March 25th 2011, with audio and powerpoint slides. There is also a separate link for both the audio and the slides if you want to see them individually.
    Podcast with slides and audio (can be played by itunes or quicktime):https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B49Zyymi71o8Y2U2ZDI1MmEtZjc5Zi00MWFjLWE1NDYtOGM3NTJlMTIwNzA1&hl=en&authkey=CKT3m_IM
    Audio mp3: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B49Zyymi71o8YTllY2U1YjctYzQxZC00Y2I2LTg3MzEtOTljMWUyNThhNzk1&hl=en&authkey=COyd9t4I
    Powerpoint pdf:https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B49Zyymi71o8YmIwMTEwNTktMWY4NS00OTVhLWI4NDUtNmIzNmYxZjU1YTI5&hl=en&authkey=COrLiOsO

    Photo by Frank Barnwell: Guest speaker Michael Smolensky discusses chronobiology with UM chronobiologists Franz Halberg, Othild Schwartzkopff, and Germaine Cornélissen

    Posted Sep 30, 2011, 9:41 AM by Jole Shackelford
  • 4th Meeting - March 28th, 2011
    We have a guest speaker in connection with the history of chronobiology project coming: Michael Smolensky.  He will give a public presentation "Chronotherapeutics: Conceptual Developments and Clinical Applications of the Past 100 Years" in 555 Diehl Hall, 12:20-1:10.  The poster for the talk is attached at the bottom. After his lecture we can convene the Chronobiology Workshop at 2:00 and engage him in some discussion about the field, his work, whatever you wish!

    There are three readings that might be of interest for this talk and for our meeting with Smolensky.

    1. This piece is on chronobiology and hypertension, an area that has occupied Franz Halberg and Germaine Cornelissen here at UM, so it is maybe worth reading for this reason.
    Michael H. Smolensky and Francesco Portaluppi, "Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring: Application to Clinical

    Medicine and Antihypertension Medication Trials," Annals New York Academy of Sciences 783 (1996): 278-294.

    2. This ones about chronobiology and epidemiology as sciences that should work together

    Michael H. Smolensky, "Chronobiology and Epidemiology," Pathologie Biologie 35, no. 6 (1987):991-1004.

    3. And this one is about clinical chronobiology and occupational health.

    Michael H. Smolensky and Alain Reinberg, "Clinical Chronobiology: Relevance and Applications to the Practice of Occupational Medicine," Occupational Medicine 5, no. 2 (1990): 239-272.
    Posted Oct 25, 2011, 11:35 AM by Margaret Hofius
  • Third Meeting 21 February 2011
    Posted Mar 31, 2011, 10:54 AM by Frazier Benya
  • Second meeting -- 2 December 2010 11:30-12:30
    Presentation by Franklin Barnwell on his life as a chronobiological student of Frank Brown

    The EuClock site appears to be hosted by Max Planck Geselschaft in Berlin and be maintained as a digital collection point for various kinds of files connected with chronobiology and its teaching.
    Posted Jan 23, 2011, 10:50 AM by Frazier Benya
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