Reflecting its broad mission, the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine sponsors a broad array of programs that promote training and education in sleep and circadian biology for clinicians, researchers and the general public. These programs are designed to foster interaction among researchers and clinicians at Harvard and elsewhere, as well as to disseminate new and existing knowledge concerning the importance of sleep in improving and maintaining public health.
The Division of Sleep Medicine sponsors several annual events, including:
- Sleep and Health Benefit Dinner
- Division Prize in Sleep Medicine
- Division of Sleep Medicine Annual Poster Session
Seminars and Lectures
The Division of Sleep Medicine sponsors seminars and courses each academic year including Sleep Grand Rounds – an open monthly research seminar also broadcast to several remote sites using videoconferencing technology, Clinical Sleep Grand Rounds - a quarterly clinical seminar open to Boston area sleep clinicians and the Introductory Sleep Course –a free and open course presented annually by the faculty of the Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology. In addition, many of our distinguished faculty present both regular and invited lectures across Harvard and around the world.
Sleep and Health Education Program
Meeting a compelling need for health care providers, health profession students and the general public to increase their knowledge concerning the importance of good quality sleep and sleep health, the centerpiece of the Sleep and Health Education Program is its educational website with up to date information on the foundations of Healthy Sleep, Improving Sleep, Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy.
Clinical and Research Training in Sleep
Offering education and training to address a nationally-recognized need to enhance the number of trained investigators and trainees in research related to 1) basic sleep and circadian neurobiology, 2) patient-oriented sleep disorders medicine research, and 3) applied and translational research on sleep and chronobiology.
Building ground-breaking programs to demonstrate the importance of sleep to health and safety, and provide information and tools that empower positive health choices, particularly relating to long term health and disease, learning and productivity, and industrial and auto accident risk.
Public Policy Research
Supporting timely public policy-related research and creating opportunities to share what is known to enable policy makers to make evidence-based policy decisions.
Basic and Clinical Research
Creating an infrastructure, initiating interdisciplinary communication, and building self-awareness within the community of sleep faculty to support and help define the priorities of Basic and Clinical Research at Harvard.
Working to improve both the content of the medical curriculum, and the training of future physicians to increase sensitivity to the importance of sleep for health.
Find links to Harvard-affiliated clinical sleep practices.