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Nature and Science of Sleep
Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Oregon Health & Science University, United States
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.
Associate Editor: Sutapa Mukherjee
Dr Mukherjee is Associate Professor at Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Flinders University based in Adelaide, South Australia. She is an internationally recognized authority on the epidemiology of sleep disordered breathing and the genetic epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea. She is an expert clinician in sleep medicine and sleep health. Dr Mukherjee has had a unique research career in that the initial focus of her research as part of her PhD was lung malignancy (lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma), with an emphasis on novel treatment modalities such as gene therapy and immunotherapy in animal models and humans. Subsequently she pursued postdoctoral work in clinical and occupational epidemiology whilst working at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA from 1999-2003 and coordinated studies of occupationally exposed workers. She returned to Perth, Australia in 2003 and initiated and developed the WA Sleep Health Study - a clinical case series of over 5,000 patients with sleep apnea. This cohort has led to key collaborations and publications, and a follow-up of the cohort was funded in 2017 by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC Australia). She was also an investigator for the Sleep Apnea and cardioVascular Endpoints (SAVE) trial, a landmark randomized clinical trial of CPAP therapy in moderate to severe sleep apnoea.
In 2011, she was appointed to the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and she continued her research on the WA Sleep Health Study and developed and led the International Sleep Genetic Epidemiology Consortium, a platform to investigate the genetics of sleep apnea which currently involves several groups of researchers internationally. As Clinical Lead of the Ontario Health Study she also had a leadership role in developing and supervising this major international cohort study of over 230,000 participants. She has a keen interest in Sleep Health and in 2014 was invited to Chair the American Thoracic Society (ATS) committee on Healthy Sleep at the invitation of the ATS Board, which culminated in the publication of an Official ATS Statement “The Importance of Healthy Sleep”.
In 2014 she relocated to Adelaide, Australia and continues her research work into epidemiology and genetics of sleep apnea. She serves on the Board of the Australasian Sleep Association as Clinical Committee Chair and is on the Program Committee of the ATS Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly and the Membership and International Scientific Committees for the World Sleep Society.
Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado, United States
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.
Mary A. Carskadon, Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director, Chronobiology & Sleep Research, EP Bradley Hospital; Sleep for Science Research Lab of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Dr David Cunnington, Sleep Physician & Director, Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
Professor De Gennaro
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
Charmane Eastman, Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
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
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
Prof. Mauro Manconi, Head of the Sleep Center, Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland, Regional Hospital of Lugano and Bern University, Switzerland.
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 Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, 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
Robert Stickgold, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Sleep and Cognition, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry,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, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA