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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.