Past Foundation Awardees

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SRSF Career Development Award

Joshua M Bock, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Effects of Inorganic Nitrate Supplementation on Sleep Quality

Niki B Gumport, PhD
Stanford University
A Clinician Training Program to Integrate Digital Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia into Routine Psychotherapy

Weston Powell, MD, PhD
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Airway Epithelial Circadian Rhythms in Pediatric OSA

Danielle A Wallace, MPH, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Developing epigenetic markers for irregular sleep timing

Tamara Boto, PhD
Trinity College Dublin
Identification of dopaminergic circuits that modulate circadian sleep and neural plasticity

Tony J. Cunningham, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Utilizing Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) during Sleep to Enhance Slow Waves and Cognitive Function in Schizophrenia

James Dooley, PhD
The University of Iowa
Theta rhythms during REM sleep promote the developmental integration of primary motor cortex into the sensorimotor network

Lauren M Hablitz, PhD
University of Rochester Medical Center
Beyond the SCN: a role for VIP and AVP regulation of glymphatic function

Steven Tran, PhD
California Institute of Technology
Serine/threonine kinase 32a (stk32a) a novel sleep regulating kinase

Natalie Michael, PhD
Quebec Heart and Lung Institute (IUCPQ)
Posterior hypothalamic histaminergic neurons: a link between sleep disturbances and metabolic disorders

Shibin Li, PhD
Stanford University
Is the hypothalamic stress circuitry a double edged sword in sleep and immune modulation?

Kristin K. Hoddy, PhD
Kristin K. Hoddy, PhDPennington Biomedical Research Center; University of Chicago
Extended fasting via time restricted feeding as a countermeasure to sleep restriction (Fast to Sleep)

Thomas L. Andrillon, PhD
Monash University
Daytime sleep intrusions in ADHD: behavioral consequences and countermeasures

Natália L. S. Machado, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
Investigating of a neuro-circuit involved in sleep homeostasis control and stress-induced insomnia

Brandon Nokes, MD
UC San Diego/Mayo Clinic Arizona
Physiologic assessment of the mechanisms underlying negative effort dependence

Grigorious Oikonomou, PhD
California Institute of Technology
Serotonergic Regulation of Sleep in Zebrafish

Annemarie I. Luik, PhD
Erasmus MC University Medical Center
Disentangling the association between the HPA-axis and poor sleep: A longitudinal population-based approach

Chanpreet Singh, PhD
California Institute of Technology
Investigating the mechanisms underlying sleep regulation by Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide in zebrafish

Huan Yang, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
RAAS biomarkers of renal function and blood pressure response to repetitive sleep restriction

Jason L. Yu, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Novel polysomnographic metrics of arousal as predictors of Upper Airway Stimulator success

Ariel Williamson, PhD
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
“Adapting an Evidence-Based Behavioral Sleep Intervention for Urban Primary Care”

Saurabh Thosar, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
“Circadian Rhythms of Vascular Function in Cardiovascular Disease”

Heming Wang, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Broad Institute
“Multi-Omics Investigation of Iron-Related Pathways in Sleep-Disordered Breathing”

Yu Sun Bin
University of Sydney
“What is long sleep? Objective correlates of long sleep duration and prospective associations with healthcare utilization”

Anne Venner
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
“Functional characterization of a genetically and anatomically defined sub-population underlying insomnia”

Christopher Depner, PhD
University of Colorado Boulder
“Mechanisms of insufficient sleep contributing to metabolic disease risk and impact from ‘weekend recovery’ sleep”

Jeffrey Donlea, PhD
University of California Los Angeles
“Using the fruit fly to identify consequences of sleep loss in memory-encoding circuits”

Heather E. Gunn, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
“Adolescent sleep, circadian rhythmicity, and cardiovascular disease risk: a dyadic approach”

Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
“Investigation of the effects of deep brain stimulation of amygdala upon laughter-induced changes in Hoffman reflex, a surrogate for cataplexy”

Josiane Broussard, PhD
University of Colorado Boulder
“Influence of physical activity status on the effects of insufficient sleep on metabolism”

Sara Biggs, PhD 
Monash University
“Identifying pathways for new treatment strategies for children with primary snoring”

Michael Scullin, PhD
Baylor University
“Slow-wave sleep and prospective memory consolidation in aging adults”

Joseph Dzierzewski, PhD
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
“Long-term Clinical Outcomes of Hypersomnia in At-Risk Older Adults”

Jimmy Fraigne, MD
University of Toronto
“Optogenetic Probing of Narcolepsy/Cataplexy Dopamine Circuitry”

See Wan Tham, MB, BS
Seattle Children’s Research Institute
“Sleep-wake Disturbances and Pain Responsivity in Adolescents”

Natalia Tulina, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
“Function of Sleep in the Regulation of stem cell activity”

J. Christian Gillin, MD, Research Grant

Nicholas Stavropoulos, PhD
NYU Neuroscience Institute
“Interrogation of protein degradation pathways regulating sleep”

Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
“Investigation of the effects of deep brain stimulation of amygdala upon laughter-induced changes in Hoffman reflex, a surrogate for cataplexy”

Thien Thang Dang-Vu, MD, PhD
Concordia University
“Pathophysiology of Idiopathic Hypersomnia: a Multimodal Neuroimaging Study”

Aric Prather, PhD
Regents of the University of California
“The effects of race-based social stress on objectively measured sleep and nocturnal autonomic functioning”

Irma Rukhadze, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
“The role of medullary A1/C1 neurons in control of state-dependent activity of genioglossus muscle in behaving mice”

Sudha Arunachalam, PhD
Boston University
“Effects of Sleep on Word Learning in Preschoolers”

Olga Dergacheva, PhD
George Washington University
“Chronic Intermittent Hypoxia Alters a REM Sleep Pathway to Parasympathetic Cardiac Neurons in the Brainstem”

Michelle M. Garrison, PhD
Seattle Children’s Research Institute
“Healthy Sleep Intervention for Preschool Children”

Jamie Cvengros, PhD
Rush University Medical Center
“Changes in Eating Behavior Following Initiation of CPAP”

Christi S. Ulmer, PhD
Durham VA Medical Center (Duke University)
“Is Reduced Blood Pressure a Consequence of Improved Sleep Following a Behavioral Sleep Intervention for Adults With PTSD?”

Subhabrata Sanyal, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine – Cell Biology Department
“Genetic modeling of Restless Legs Syndrome in Drosophila”

Joanna E. MacLean, MD, PhD
University of Alberta, Department of Pediatrics
“A Follow-Up Study of Infants at High Risk of Sleep Disordered Breathing”

Stephanie Crowley, PhD
Rush University (Chicago), Biological Rhythms Research Lab
“A Light Phase Response Curve to Treat Delayed Sleep in Adolescents”

Katherine M. Sharkey, PhD
Brown University, Alpert Medical School
“Sleep and Circadian Phase Disruption in Postpartum Depression”

Robert (Vincent) Gerbasi, PhD
University of Chicago Medical School
“Molecular Signatures of Sleep Apnea in Endothelial Cell”

Carlos Blanco-Centurion, PhD
Harvard Medical School
“Effect of Multiple Lesions of the Arousal Neurons on the Sleep Homeostatic Response”

Jun Cai, MD, PhD
University of Louisville, Kosair Children’s Hospital
“Vulnerability of Defective Myelin to Intermittent Hypoxia during sleep”

Giancarlo Vannini, MD
University of Michigan
“Modulation of Sleep and Wakefulness by Extrasynaptic Y-Aminobutyric Acid A (GABAA) Receptors”

Yuka Sasaki, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
“MRI-constrained spectral imaging of spontaneous neuromagnetic activity during sleep in human cortex associated with visual learning”

Nancy Johnston, DVM
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
“Sleep fragmentation, the metabolic syndrome, and diabetes in mice”

Mirjam Munch, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
“Circadian light effects and fMRI – a pilot study”

Anna Kalinchuk, PhD
Harvard Medical School-Boston VA Healthcare System
“Nitric oxide-mediated mechanisms of sleep regulation: spatial and temporal aspects”

Christoph Nissen, MD
Universitatsklinikum Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany
“Sleep-Related Neuroplasticity in Depression”

Robyn Stremler, PhD, RN
University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada
“Sleep Disturbances in Hospitalized Children”

Camellia Clark
University of California San Diego
“Sleep deprivation, polysomnography and functional MRI in minor depression”

Jonathan Emens
Oregon Health & Science University
“Determination of intrinsic circadian period in blind individuals with non-entrained circadian rhythm sleep disorders”

Fernando Louzada
Federal University of Parana, Brazil
“Home electric lighting effects on circadian rhythms”

Jonathan Wisor
SRI International
“Gamma-hydroxybutyrate for narcolepsy: role of the locus Coeruleus”

Dmitry Gerashchenko
SRI International
“Identification of neurons in the lateral hypothalamus playing critical role in arousal”

Lisa Meltzer
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
“Sleep patterns in children with autism and their caregivers”

Natalia Suntsova
UCLA/VA/Sepulveda Research Corporation
“Absence epilepsy and the hypothalamic/basal forebrain sleep promoting and arousal systems”

Kenneth P. Wright
University of Colorado
“The metabolic cost of extended wakefulness”

Elliott D. Weitzman, MD, Research Grant

Sigrid C. Veasey, MD
University of Pennsylvania
“OSA Biomarker”

Marcos Frank, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Neuroscience
“Astrocytic transducers of sleep propensity”

Hans Van Dongen, PhD
Washington State University, Spokane
“Biomarkers of Vulnerability to Sleep Loss”

Mary Carskadon, PhD
Brown University Medical School