Dr Akhilesh Reddy, a circadian neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, has been announced as the winner of the Foulkes Foundation Medal 2013.
The Foulkes Medal is awarded biannually to an outstanding bioscience researcher within ten years of completing their PhD.
Dr Reddy, a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge, researches the role of circadian rhythms in the brain.
He looks at how disruption of this clockwork programming through old age, neurological disease, and even shift-work can impact on health and life expectancy. His work focuses specifically working on the role of sleep dysfunction in patients with neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
Dr Reddy will receive the Medal at the Academy of Medical Sciences' AGM in November, along with a cash prize of £1500.
He will also deliver a lecture on his research at the Academy’s annual Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training in February 2014.