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Nature and Science of Sleep

Dr Shea

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Shea

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Steven A. Shea

Steven A. Shea, PhD, is Director of the Sleep Disorders Research Program at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, USA and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

Dr. Shea has been researching into the nature and science of sleep since he set up one of the first clinical sleep laboratories in the UK, at Charing Cross Hospital in London, in 1982. He obtained his PhD for research on breathing during sleep from the University of London (UK). He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship for post-doctoral study at Harvard School Public Health, USA. Dr. Shea has served as Acting Director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital (2008-2009) and is currently the Associate Director of the Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shea has served on a number of sleep related committees including the Research Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (Chair), the Program Committee of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies; and the Circadian Section of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (Chair). In 2008 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (serving ~8,500 sleep professional members). He also serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation (providing strategic sleep research and educational awards, career grants to physician scientists, and humanitarian grants aimed at improving sleep health for all). In 2010 he became President of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation.

Dr. Shea's research focus is to understand the circadian and sleep/wake mechanisms underlying the robust day/night pattern in the severity of a number of disorders, including nocturnal asthma and cardiovascular disease. In addition, he is investigating the adverse health effects of shift work. His goal is to improve therapy in such disorders via modifications in behavior or chronopharmacology. Dr. Shea's research has been supported by US federal grants since 1992, and he has authored over 60 original reports and 7 reviews or chapters in the fields of sleep, circadian rhythms, and cardiopulmonary physiology.


Honorary Editorial Board

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA

Alexander Borbely, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Z├╝rich, Zurich, Switzerland

Daniel J. Buysse, Professor, Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Mary A. Carskadon, Director of Chronobiology/Sleep Research, E.P. Bradley Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Sudhansu Chokroverty, Professor and Co-Chair, Program Director of Sleep Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology. NJ Neuroscience Institute at JFK- Seton Hall University, NJ, USA

Charles A. Czeisler, Baldino Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Chief, Division of Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Serge Daan, Professor, Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Giacomo Della Marca, Neurologist, Institute of Neurology, Department of Neurosciences, Catholic University of Rome, Italy

Derk-Jan Dijk, Professor, Department of Sleep and Physiology, University of Surrey, Surrey, United Kingdom

Charmane Eastman, Professor, Behavioral Sciences Department, Director, Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA

Daniel J. Gottlieb, Department of Medicine, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

David Gozal, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Physician-in-Chief, Comer Children's Hospital, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Ron Grunstein, Professor of Sleep Medicine, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, Sydney NSW, Australia

David Harper, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Geriatric Psychiatric Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA, USA

H. Craig Heller, Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

James Krueger, Professor, Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA

Leon C. Lack, Professor, School of Psychology, Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Dennis J. McGinty, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Emmanuel Mignot, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center for Narcolepsy, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Jessica A. Mong, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Mary J Morrell, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, UK

Janet M. Mullington, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director, Human Sleep and Chronobiology Research Unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Allan I. Pack, Professor and Director, Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Gina R. Poe, Department of Anesthesiology and Physiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Susan Redline, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Amita Sehgal, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Paul J. Shaw, Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

Virend K. Somers, Professor, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Robert Stickgold, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Sleep and Cognition, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Ronald S. Szymusiak, Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Fred Turek, Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA

Eve Van Cauter, Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Eus J.W. Van Someren, Professor and Head, Department of Sleep and Cognition, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sigrid C. Veasey, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Kenneth P. Wright, Department of Integrative Physiology, Director, Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

Terry Young, Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA

Jamie Zeitzer, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA