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Each year, the Sleep Research Society holds a Trainee Symposia Series in conjunction with SLEEP, the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Young researchers and scientists have an unparalleled opportunity to gain knowledge and experience from influential veteran sleep research professionals.
The Trainee Symposia Series is intended to foster scientific investigation, professional education and career development in sleep research and academic sleep medicine. The Trainee Symposia Series includes seminars on the science of sleep, career development and grant writing workshops, a career fair, reception and a trainee datablitz.
Attendance is free to AASM and SRS student members who are registered for SLEEP. Attendees must register for the Trainee Symposia Series in advance.
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Past and Future of OSA Research
Alan Pack, PhD, MBChB
Evolution of research on OSA, current trends and future directions
What Makes a Successful Job Talk?
Erin Wamsley, PhD and Colin Espie, PhD
With clinical environments increasingly advocating for interdisciplinary research, the relevance of sleep related research in different contexts is crucial. The purpose of this session would be to guide delegates about the elements of a successful ‘job talk’ at different stages of a researcher’s career (gaining a post-doc position, junior faculty and senior faculty). The session will consist of a sample (part of) a job talk.
Writing and Preparing Pilot, Dissertation, and Individual Training Grant Proposals: How to Avoid Pitfalls and Highlight Strengths
Bryce Mander, PhD and Wilfred Pigeon, PhD
This workshop is targeted to early and late graduate students and focuses on planning dissertation research (and pilots for the dissertation) as well as applying for individual training grants (e.g., F31s and F32s) that can support students during graduate school and during their transition to the academic job market (post-docs and beyond).
Role of Sleep Reactivity and Stress in the Evolution of Insomnia and Depression
Chris Drake, PhD, FAASM
Stress and stress management are becoming more relevant as a target in health care. What has sleep research contributed to our understanding of stress and stress reactivity (psychological and physiological)? What are the unanswered questions that need more research?
Circadian Rhythms Research: Measurement and Application of the DLMO
Stephanie Crowley, PhD
Method of collecting the circadian rhythm of melatonin and how to apply these data to understand circadian rhythm disturbances of shift work, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, and other examples of circadian misalignment.
Overview of Sleep Neurobiology
Ron Szymusiak, PhD
This presentation will summarize recent finding on the functional neuroanatomy and neuropharmacology of brain mechanisms that regulate sleep and arousal.
Techniques for Recruiting and Retaining Participants in Epidemiological and Clinical Research Studies
Kristen Knutson, PhD
The participants and moderator in this session will discuss diverse techniques to facilitate participant recruitment as well as methods to improve participant retention (e.g. identifying recruitment/retention trends, goals and strategies to reach these goals; documenting recruitment progress; training research staff to increase recruitment/retention rates). The topic will also outline the specific challenges commonly associated with epidemiological and clinical research studies. This session will not solve everyone’s recruitment difficulties, but will hopefully allow the moderator and participants to share and develop strategies.
Patient-oriented Research in Sleep: Developing New Tools to Help Measure Sleep
Dan Buysse, MD, FAASM
This workshop will provide a brief overview of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in research and clinical practice and the processes used to guide development of measures used to assess these outcomes. Then, trainees will be split into groups and collectively engage in the development of their own PRO measure to assess sleep in a targeted clinical population. Patient centered care is especially relevant with the introduction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) guiding practice.
The Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): History, Current Applications, and Future Directions
Mary Carskadon, PhD
This platinum presentation will describe the circumstances and events that inspired the development of the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) as an objective measure of sleepiness, how the MSLT has shaped our understanding of sleep and sleepiness and advanced sleep science, a sampling of current uses of the MSLT in clinical and research settings, and possible directions for the application of the MSLT that may shed light on sleep questions whose answers continue to elude us.
Craig Heller, PhD
Review of the past, present, and future of research in sleep homeostasis
NIH Loan Repayment Program - The NIH Peer Reviewed Grant Competition: A Program Officer Perspective
Michael Twery, PhD
A discussion of weaknesses commonly encountered in NIH grant applications from early career investigators. Specific challenges will used to highlight critical steps in developing the strongest scientific proposal for peer review and the NIH grant competition.
Securing an Academic Position in a Psychology or Neuroscience Department
Michael Scullin, PhD and Hawley Montgomery-Downs, PhD
Navigating the academic job market is challenging, particularly when searching, applying, interviewing, and negotiating for positions in departments that lack an existing sleep program. This session will cover how to market your background in sleep as a unique selling point, specifically when applying for faculty positions in colleges of arts and sciences such as psychology and neuroscience departments.
Assessing for and Intervening on Disordered Sleep in Pregnancy & the Postpartum Period
Katie Sharkey, MD, PhD, FAASM
This session will discuss the latest data about incidence of sleep disorders in pregnancy and maternal/infant outcomes related to sleep disorders arising during the perinatal period. Newest data will be presented on predictors of sleep disturbance in pregnancy and the postpartum and modifiable factors that can promote better sleep quality/quantity in expectant and new mothers.
Pediatric Sleep Disturbance and ADHD
Mark Stein, PhD, ABPP
This session will review the research on bidirectional interactions between sleep and ADHD symptoms, and the impact on clinical management and outcomes.
Sleep and Mood Disorders: Contemporary Approaches to Established Research
Ruth Benca, MD, PhD, FAASM
While the relationship between sleep and mood has been well recognized, new research in sleep continues to improve our understanding of the related mechanisms and effective treatments. This session will be a review of the current understanding about sleep and mood dysregulation, gathered from a range of existing and new methods, including epidemiology, EEG, actigraphy, neuroimaging, light, and clinical interventions.
Sleep Extension as an Intervention
Janet Mullington, PhD
Session would include the use of sleep extension as an intervention for individuals who are chronic short sleepers with particular disorders such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, etc.
Circadian Medicine: Now & the Future
Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, FAASM
How can current circadian knowledge be used clinically to improve health, and what are the most important research questions to answer in the near future?
Manuscript Preparation/Submission for Publication
Michael Vitiello, PhD
This workshop is targeted to graduate students and will emphasize the planning for and writing manuscripts and submitting for publication.
Sleep, Memory and Dreams: Recent Findings and Future Directions
Robert Stickgold, PhD
What we currently know about how sleep and dreaming affect memory. What don't we know? How do we best answer these questions in the near future?
Genetic Tools to Study the Brain
Patrick Fuller, PhD
A discussion of the molecular-genetic tools that have enabled an unprescendented study of brain circuit mechanisms, in particular those circuits controlling sleep and wakefulness
Navigating the SLEEP 2015 Meeting
Phil Gehrman, PhD
This session would be aimed at first time attendees who need a brief primer about important concepts in sleep research, as well as tips and strategies for navigating the meeting (e.g., choosing sessions to attend, networking, etc.)
Social Rhythms and Developmental Chronobiology
Natalie Dautovich, PhD
How social interactions affect circadian processes throughout the lifespan including treatments that target social rhythms for mood/medical/sleep disorders
Using Epidemiology to Solve Methodological and Statistical Challenges in Clinical Sleep Research
Michelle Garrison, PhD
This session would focus on common issues within clinical research, including how confounding and effect modification impacts research findings, what factors influence statistical power/sample size needs, and options for study designs that help overcome these issues
Non-Traditional Career Options for Clinical Researchers
Mark Aloia, PhD
Panel discussion with speakers from several professional realms (private sector research, consultation, academia, non-profit research institute). Panelists will describe their careers, discuss how they got where they are today and offer tips for individuals hoping to follow a similar path
Sleep in Space
Laura Barger, PhD
NASA lists sleep loss as a risk factor for spaceflight due to its potential deleterious effects on neurobehavioral performance and health. Research is ongoing to quantify sleep on long-duration spaceflight missions, to understand what factors contribute to sleep disturbances in space (e.g., environmental elements, circadian-related challenges), and to develop effective countermeasures to promote sleep during spaceflight.
The Function of Sleep: a Phylogenetic Perspective
Jerry Siegel, PhD
Review of the most promising theories on the function of sleep
Consequences of Contemporary Life on Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Kenneth Wright, PhD
As science and technology continue to evolve, so do the habits and lifestyle of human societies. How these changes impact human sleep and circadian rhythms are still underway. This presentation will be a discussion about some of the latest research on the effect of modern life of sleep and circadian rhythms, including the use of technology and caffeine on the human circadian pacemaker.
Jack Edinger, PhD
Our efforts to identify insomnia phenotypes: Where have we been, where are we now, and where might we go from here
Navigating Sleep as an Interdisciplinary Career: Integrating Sleep Research With Sociological and Psychological Topics
Lauren Hale, PhD
Sleep research often requires interdisciplinary work, which comes with a set of unique challenges. This workshop will discuss various ways of navigating an interdisciplinary career, including accessing and thinking creatively about datasets, fostering collaborations, and making publication choices. Research methods and study designs in these areas would be discussed.
What Human Neuroimaging Can Tell us About Sleep and Sleep Deprivation
Michael Chee, MBBS
A review of recent neuroimaging studies involving sleep or sleep deprivation in healthy or relatively healthy adults focusing on what these tell us about the effects of sleep loss and the benefits of sleep on memory.
Integrating Research into Clinical Practice
James Wyatt, PhD, FAASM
Discuss approaches and challenges to doing research within the context of a clinical practice
International Training and Research Collaboration
Xiang Gao, MD, PhD
Pros, cons and examples of international collaborations. Strategies and resources for success including funding mechanisms, international sleep bodies and meetings.