FROM CHRONOBIOLOGY TO CHRONOMICS – The study of time structures in and around us with emphasis on vascular variability disorders. International symposium to the anniversary of Franz Halberg

Professor Franz Halberg, the founder of chronobiology, is 90 on July 5, 2009.

Professor Franz Halberg is the Scientist who has  introduced the concepts of Circadian Systems in biota, of Chronobiology(the computer-aided science studying the body’s time structure), of Chronome (the sum total of rhythms, trends and elements of dynamic chaos), of Chronomics (the mapping of time structures), etc. He has expanded the idea of circadian systems to the concept of circaseptan/circasemiseptan systems in connection with heliogeomagnetic activity, and further to the concept of multi-rhythm (infra-/ultradian) systems related to other non-photic cosmic phenomena, e.g. trans-years.

The logical extension of this idea is his statement that each rhythm “in us” (in Biota) corresponds to the rhythm “around us“(in Cosmos). This idea resulted in the international BIOCOS Project where about 100 interdisciplinary scientific groups from various countries work together. This project has been approved by the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Due to Franz ‘s initiative the new interdisciplinary scientific area Chronoasrobiology is developing in Russia.

In medicine his ideas have stimulated the development and the introduction into practice a lot of methods of monitoring of physiological/biochemical variables. According to his point of view, the monitoring should be started as early as possible (preferably in neonatal period) and should be continued during the whole life (“From Womb-to-Tomb” Project). In Russia this project has resulted in monitoring of several hundreds of newborn infants during more than a decade, and in collecting data-base for the analysis of inherited characteristics as well as of dependences on gestational/postnatal age and on the time of monitoring. This data-base is used for further search of relations with heliogeomagnetic rhythms. Continuous monitoring of physiological variables (BP in particular) allows to do a diagnosis in time (the case of Circadian Hyper-Amplitude-Tension, CHAT, is one of the most important examples). A lot of Franz’s studies are devoted to the improvement of (drug) intervention in order to optimize the effect of treatment (e.g., to find the time of the lowest toxicity of anti-cancer drugs and that of the highest sensitivity of tumor to them).

Professor Franz Halberg has joint the interdisciplinary international community. We, the Russian Franz’s students, are happy to cordially congratulate Franz with his 90th birthday and wish him health, many successes in his creative work and ‘the Midas’ power’. We send our greetings also to Professor Germaine Cornelissen, who is the closest colleague of Franz (his ‘alter ego’), and to Professor Othild Schwarzkopf, who supports all Franz’s endeavors. We also remember Erna Halberg, who was not only the wife, but the adviser, the indispensable assistant, and many-many more.


RAPOPORT S.I., Professor, Head of the Commission on Chronobiology and Chronomedicine, the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Head of Laboratory on Chronobiology and New Technology in the clinics of internal diseases in I.M. Sechenov’s Moscow Academy of Medical Sciences.

GRIGORYEV A.I., Academician of the Ruassian Academy of Sciences, Academician of the Ruassian Academy of Medical Sciences, Scientific head of the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems.

From the Medical Faculty of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia:

FROLOV V.A., MD, PhD, Dean of the Medical Faculty, Head of the Department of General pathology and pathological physiology;

CHIBISOV S.M., MD, PhD, Professor of the Department of General pathology and pathological physiology;

BLAGONRAVOV M.L., MD, PhD, Associate professor of the Department of General pathology and pathological physiology.

From the Institute of Pediatrics, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences:

STUDENIKIN M.Ya., Academician, Professor of Pediatrics., Director Emeritus of the Institute of Pediatrics;

YATSYK Galina V., Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Department of Neonatology;

SYUTKINA Elena V., MD, PhD, Leading researcher;

MITISH Maria D, MD, PhD, Leading researcher;

MALKOVA Inna I., MD, PhD, Senior researcher;

ABRAMYAN A.S., MD, PhD, Senior researcher

NAROGAN Marina V., MD, Ph.D, Chief pediatrician of Moscow region.

From the Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences:

MASALOV A.V., Professor, Director of the Optical Department.

STOZHKOV Yu.I., Professor, Head of Dolgoprudny Scientific Station.

From the Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences:

ZELENY L.M., Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Director of the Space Research Institute;

BREUS Tamara K., PhD, Professor, Senior Research scientist, Corresponding-member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences;

PETRUKOVICH A.A., Professor, Head of Laboratory of investigation of the Space Weather Hazards and Forecasting.

From the Council on Chronobiology, the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences:

KOMAROV F.I., Academician of the Medical Academy of Sciences, Adviser for the Presidium of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

ZASLAVSKAYA Rina M. MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief Therapeutist of the Hospital N60 (Moscow)

From the Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences:

GAMBURTSEV A.G. Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences;

KLEIMENOVA N.G. Professor, Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of the Natural Sciences, Scientific Editor of the Journal “Geomagnetism and Aeronomie”.

From the Institute of Earth Magnetism, Ionosphere and the Radio Wave propagation, Russian Academy of Sciences (IZMIRAN)

KUZNETSOV V.D., Professor, Director of the IZMIRAN;

OBRIDKO V.D., Professor, Vice-Chairmen of the Council on “The Sun-Earth Relations”.

BAEVSKII R.M., MD, Professor, Head of laboratory in the Institute for Medico-biological Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences.

GURFINKEL Yu.I., MD, Professor, Head of Cardiological Intensive Care Unit in the Central clinic N1 of the Company ”Russian Railways”.