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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.

Dr Appleton

Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Australia

Dr Appleton

Associate Editor: Sarah Appleton

Dr Sarah Appleton, BSc (Hons), PhD, is a chronic disease epidemiologist and Senior Research fellow at AISH at Flinders University, South Australia. Prior to this she was working in The Health Observatory, Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide. She completed her PhD there in 2010 after working across a broad range of laboratory-based basic science and clinical research areas. She is a Chief Investigator for the North West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS), a biomedical cohort study established in 2000-01. Since 2012, she has made contributions to identifying the burden of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea in men and its relationship with chronic disease outcomes life in the Men Androgens Inflammation Lifestyle Environment and Stress (MAILES) study. She coordinated the follow-up of the MAILES study cohort in 2018-19 including a repeat full-in home sleep studies and assessments of cardiometabolic factors and cognition. Her work has led to over 100 original publications in chronic disease and sleep epidemiology.
Sarah’s research has aimed to identify clinical phenotypes of people at risk of poor health outcomes in order to inform evidenced based policy for the improved delivery of health services and prevention of chronic disease. She has a particular interest in the role of gender in the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnea.

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

Prof. Ahmed BaHammam, Professor of Sleep Medicine, University Sleep Disorders Center, Department of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dr David Cunnington, Sleep Physician & Director, Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Luigi De Gennaro, PhD, Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychology, University of Rome Sapienza, Rome, Italy.

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

Christopher L. Drake, PhD, Director of Sleep Research, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan, United States.

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

Horace Craig Heller, Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Prof. Dr. Roumen Kirov, Professor in Neurophysiology and Psychophysiology, Senior Researcher, Department of Cognitive Psychophysiology, Institute of Neurobiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.

James M. Krueger, Regents Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA

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

Mauro Manconi, Sleep Center, Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland, Civic Hospital of Lugano, Lugano, Università della Svizzera Italiana and Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland.

Dr Md Dilshad Manzar, Assistant Professor of Physiology, Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Majmaah, Saudi Arabia.

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

Emmanuel Mignot, Director of the Stanford Centre for Sleep Sciences and Medicine; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Arcady Putilov, Chief Researcher, Head of Independent Research Group, Group of Biomedical Math-Modelling, Research Institute for Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Novosibirsk, Russia.

Shantha Rajaratnam is Professor of Sleep and Circadian Medicine at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Susan Redline, Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

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

Elena Urrestarazu, Sleep Unit, Clinical Neurophysiology, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Spain.

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

John Winkelman, Chief, Sleep Disorders Clinical Research Program, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA.

Jamie Zeitzer, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA