About the Session

Sleep medicine is a relatively new field of research that explores how we sleep and the factors that impact it. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have discovered novel findings in sleep medicine over the past few years.  Some of these findings focus on the relationship between circadian disruption and overall patient health, including adverse effects on metabolism and blood pressure and an increased risk of diabetes and weight gain.  Speakers in this session will touch on a variety of topics including: sleep apnea, patient-centered outcomes, public health concerns and circadian metabolic disorders.


This session will be moderated by Maria Konnikova, Author and Contributing Writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes,” a nominee for the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award for Best Non-fiction and a Goodreads People’s Choice Semifinalist for 2013, and of the forthcoming “The Confidence Game” Viking/Penguin, January 2016). She is a contributing writing for The New Yorker, where she writes a regular column with a focus on psychology and culture, and her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Scientific American MIND, and The Smithsonian, among numerous other publications. Maria graduated from Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University. She is currently a Schachter Writing Fellow at Columbia University’s Motivation Science Center and lives in New York City

2PM – 3PM

Bornstein Amphitheater

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Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD

Sleep Deficiency and Public Health

Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, is the Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine, Director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Czeisler has more than 40 years’ experience in the field of basic and applied research on the physiology of the human circadian timing system and its relationship to the sleep-wake cycle including the application of sleep science and sleep medicine to occupational medicine/health policy. He is interested in the physiology of the hypothalamic circadian pacemaker in humans, photic and non-photic synchronizers of the human circadian pacemaker, temporal dynamics in neuroendocrine systems, homeostatic and circadian factors in the regulation of sleep and alertness, and the application of circadian physiology to occupational medicine/health policy, particularly as it relates to the extended duration work shifts and long work weeks.

Susan Redline, MD

Sleep Apnea and Patient Powered Research

Susan Redline, MD, MPH, is the Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She directs programs in Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine and Sleep Medicine Epidemiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Redline’s research includes epidemiological studies and clinical trials designed addressing the etiologies of sleep disorders, including the role of genetic and early-life developmental factors, and the impact of sleep disorders treatment on cardiovascular and other health outcomes. She leads the Sleep Reading Center for a number of major NIH multicenter studies, directs a national resource of sleep research data (National Sleep Research Resource) and leads a PCORI Patient Powered Research Network on sleep apnea.


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Frank Scheer, PhD

Circadian Misalignment and Metabolic Disease

Frank A.J.L. Scheer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and the Director of the Medical Chronobiology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Dr. Scheer’s work focuses on influences of the endogenous circadian system and its disruption on cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic regulation and disease states, such as hypertension, asthma, obesity and diabetes. Since 2005, Dr. Scheer has been funded continuously as PI by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and has received numerous scientific awards, including the Pickwick Postdoctoral Fellowship by the National Sleep Foundation, the Young Investigator Award by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Neal Miller Award by the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.


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