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Nature and Science of Sleep

Professor Shea

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Oregon Health & Science University, United States

Professor Shea

Editor-in-Chief: Steven A. Shea, PHD

Steven A. Shea, Ph.D., is the Director of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Oregon Health & Science University,  and Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Oregon, USA.

Professor 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 Ph.D. 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. At Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts, USA, Professor Shea has served as the Founding Director of the Medical Chronobiology Program; the Director of the Sleep Disorders Research Program; the Acting Director of the Division of Sleep Medicine; and the Associate Director of the Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Professor Shea has also served on a number of sleep related committees: as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine serving ~8,500 sleep professional members (elected 2008-2010; re-elected 2010-2014); the Board of Directors of the American Board of Sleep Medicine; and the Board of Directors 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), and served as elected President of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation from 2010-2013. Professor Shea has also served on 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).

Professor 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. Professor Shea's research has been supported by US federal grants since 1992, and he has authored over 100 original reports and reviews or chapters in the fields of sleep, circadian rhythms, and cardiopulmonary physiology.

Professor Wright

Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, United States

Professor Wright

Associate Editor: Kenneth P. Wright Jr. , PhD.

Ken Wright is Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology, Director of the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, and member Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes and member Nutrition and Obesity Research Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Dr. Wright received his BS in Psychology from the University of Arizona and began his career in sleep under the direction of Richard R. Bootzin, PhD. He received his MA and PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience and a postdoc in Sleep and Circadian Rhythms from Bowling Green State University under the direction of Pietro Badia PhD. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Sleep and Circadian Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital under the Direction of Charles A. Czeisler PhD, MD.  He served on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School prior to joining the Faculty at the University of Colorado in 2002.  He serves as chair of the program committee for the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). He has chaired the circadian rhythms section of the Sleep Research Society (SRS), the trainee professional development day for the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms and has served as a member of the SRS presidential task forces. He has served on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) task force on the evaluation and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders, was a member of the AASM Circadian Rhythm Disorders workgroup for the International Classification of Sleep Disorders Revision 3 (ICSD-3), was editor of the SRS bulletin and the Trainee Manual in Sleep Research for the APSS, and was co-chair for the World Federation Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine Societies Trainee Development Day. He currently serves as a member of the National Institutes of Health – National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board. Dr. Wright has served as a reviewer for numerous national and international grant agencies; he serves as a consultant for government agencies, universities and industry, and as a reviewer for numerous journals. He has published over 80 original articles and reviews and was guest editor for a special issue of Sleep Medicine Clinics: Basics of Circadian Biology and Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders.

Dr. Wright’s research is aimed at explaining the physiology of sleep and circadian timing in humans, understanding the health and safety consequences of sleep and circadian disruption, such as obesity and impaired cognition, and applying that knowledge to improve public health and safety. His research is also aimed at developing strategies to promote sleep, wakefulness, and health due to insufficient sleep and circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders.

Editorial Board

Mary A. Carskadon, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior, The Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director, Chronobiology & Sleep Research, EP Bradley Hospital; Sleep for Science Research Lab of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA; Professor of Psychology, Director, Centre for Sleep Research, School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia, Australia

Derk-Jan Dijk, Professor, Surrey Sleep Research Centre, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom

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

David Harper, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Associate Director for Research, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA, USA

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

James M. Krueger, Regents Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, 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

Susan Redline, Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

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

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

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