ACGME Sleep Fellowship

Sleep Research Training

NIH/NHLBI funded T32 Training Grant in Sleep and Circadian Research

Principal investigators: Fred Turek, PhD at Northwestern University and Eve Van Cauter, PhD at The University of Chicago.

The objective  of this program is to train and support predoctoral and postdoctoral students. The integration of circadian biology and sleep research in both animal models and humans has been the cornerstone of the relationship between the preceptors on this Training Grant at the U of C and NU for over 20 years. This Training Program is led by two established senior investigators under the Multiple Leadership Plan (Turek and Van Cauter) and involves 13 Primary Training Faculty who have their primary appointments in either basic science or clinical departments. The proposed Training Program offers predoctoral and postdoctoral students interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training in a wide range of scientific disciplines that are highly relevant to understanding the function, regulation and health implications of sleep and circadian rhythmicity. Central to this Program is the training of student in modern basic science, translational research as well as patient oriented research. Multiple research perspectives have fueled for more than a decade the productive interactions and cross-fertilization that have developed between the preceptors in this Program. As our nation is facing unprecedented epidemics of obesity, diabetes and their cardiovascular consequences, the Training Program is uniquely positioned to train an interdisciplinary workforce of academic and industry investigators as well as government decision makers to address the roles of sleep disturbances and circadian dysfunction in these public health challenges. A key feature of the Training Program is the inclusion of 10 Collaborating Faculty with additional clinical, scientific and/or educational expertise that greatly enhances the training environment. The Program will enable trainees to integrate cutting edge approaches and techniques in the areas of genetics, genomics, endocrinology, metabolism, pharmacology, neurobiology, pulmonology, cognitive neuroscience, gerontology and chronobiology into their training in sleep and circadian research. Because the preceptors in this Training Program are actively involved in research at the molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral and epidemiological levels, trainees will be trained in a rich environment of activities that are integrated together for the study of the basic mechanisms of sleep and circadian function at all levels of biological organization.

We would be happy to discuss our training program with you further and invite you to contact us if you have any questions.

Matthew Lagen
Department of Medicine
The University of Chicago

5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC1027
Chicago, IL 60637