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Roberto Refinetti received his doctoral degree in biopsychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1987 and conducted postdoctoral research at the Center for Biological Timing at the University of Virginia. His research program in circadian physiology, which concentrates on the integration of circadian and homeostatic mechanisms, has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and has led to the publication of over 200 articles in professional journals. In 1996 he launched his laboratory's web site (www.circadian.org); in 2000 he published the book Circadian Physiology (CRC Press, 2000); and in 2003 he spearheaded the creation of the Journal of Circadian Rhythms as its Editor-in-Chief.
As with many other progressive fields of scientific inquiry, the study of circadian rhythms experienced enormous growth in the recent past. Journal of Circadian Rhythms takes advantage of BioMed Central's experience of launching over 100 online journals to advance the publication of research on circadian rhythms into the 21st century by making the results of circadian research freely and universally available online to readers worldwide.