Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award is the Sleep Research Society’s highest award and recognizes significant, original, and sustained scientific contributions to the sleep and circadian research field. This award honors a single prominent individual who has conducted influential basic, translational, clinical, or theoretical research spanning an entire career.

Selection criteria generally include:

  • A substantial body of research that is considered inspired, meritorious, and significant, and which has had a major impact on the field, both nationally and internationally
  • Additional substantial or outstanding contributions that have advanced the field.

Please address questions to the SRS Coordinator, at coordinator@srsnet.org. Nominations for 2022 awards are open from September 1, 2021 through October 24, 2021.

2022 Recipient

Thomas E. Scammell, MD
Thomas E. Scammell, MD

“I am really honored to receive the SRS Distinguished Scientist Award. Across my career, I have greatly admired the work of prior recipients, including Michel Jouvet, Dennis McGinty, Jim Krueger, Tom Kilduff and others, and it is now a very pleasant surprise to find myself in this esteemed company. I also want to really thank Clif Saper for all his excellent mentoring and advice over my career. Thanks very much!”

Past Recipients

2021 – Allison G. Harvey, PhD, CBSM, DBSM
2020 – Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD
2019 – Louis J. Ptáček, MD
2018 – David F. Dinges, MS, MA, PhD
2017 – Thomas S. Kilduff, PhD
2016 – Charles M. Morin, PhD
2015 – Derk-Jan Dijk, PhD, FSB
2014 – Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
2013 – Eve Van Cauter, PhD
2012 – Clifford Saper, MD, PhD
2011 – Fred W. Turek, PhD
2010 – Ronald M. Harper, PhD
2009 – Barbara E. Jones, PhD
2008 – Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD
2007 – Mary A. Carskadon, PhD
2006 – James M. Krueger, PhD
2005 – Christian Guilleminault, MD, PhD and Jacques Montplaisir, MD, PhD, CRCPc
2004 – Rosalind D. Cartwright, PhD
2003 – Alexander A. Borbely, MD
2002 – Adrian Morrison, DVM, PhD and Jerome Siegel, PhD
2001 – J. Christian Gillin, MD
2000 – Gerald Vogel, MD
1999 – Michael H. Chase, PhD and Ottavio Pompeiano, MD
1998 – J. Allan Hobson, MD and Thomas Roth, PhD
1997 – Pier Luigi Parmeggiani, MD
1996 – Irwin Feinberg, MD
1995 – Robert W. McCarley, MD
1994 – Dennis J. McGinty, PhD
1993 – Laverne C. Johnson, PhD
1992 – Wilse B. Webb, PhD
1991 – David Foulkes, PhD and William C. Dement, MD, PhD
1990 – Michael Jouvet, MD
1989 – Allan Rechtschaffen, PhD and Mircea Steriade, MD, DSc