International Sleep Research Training Program

World Sleep Society’s International Sleep Research Training Program (ISRTP)

Apply to join the ISRTP as a 1) MENTEE/TRAINEE, 2) MENTOR or 3) ISRTP SITE. The aims of the program are to offer training in the field of sleep research, to provide collaborative co-mentorship between mentors in the trainee’s home institution and in the host country to promote coordinated, culture-appropriate career development, and to enrich the growing field of sleep medicine and research with future sleep research leaders. The ISRTP strives to connect institutions, societies and individuals to provide the best training for the next generation of sleep professionals.

This educational initiative is supported by Philips Respironics.


Welcome to ISRTP

Dear Sleep Medicine and Research Community,

World Sleep Society has developed—and is now seeking trainee applications for—the International Sleep Research Training Program (ISRTP). The overarching goal of the program is to prepare sleep trainees from various countries throughout the world for future leadership in basic and/or clinical sleep research. Prior to ISRTP, there was no formalized process to select the best international trainees whom would optimally benefit from a 1-year comprehensive training program.

The ISRTP will provide an opportunity for such trainees, especially those in developing countries, to train at major academic institutions so they can acquire sleep research skills and observe management of patients with sleep disorders from experienced scientists and clinicians. In turn, the program will foster a cohort of future sleep research leaders who will keep the field of sleep research and medicine vibrant with their ideas, plans and goals.

The trainees will be matched to sleep research mentors at host academic institutions. Each trainee must have funds to support his or her trainee year at the host institution. The program will provide trainees with travel funds to participate in two major international sleep meetings. Selection of trainees will be based on their research plans; plans to further research in their home country; English communication skills; motivation; educational level; and availability of continued mentorship in their home countries.

The first class of trainees will start on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2020. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. Please contact Allan O’Bryan at info@worldsleepsociety.org with any questions about the program.

Sincerely,
ISRTP STEERING COMMITTEE


HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School

SITE REPRESENTATIVE
Susan Redline, MD, MPH (United States)

MENTOR POSITION/TITLE
Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School

SITE PRIMARY RESEARCH INTERESTS
Sleep medicine epidemiology; genetic epidemiology; cohort studies; clinical trials; data science.


UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute

SITE REPRESENTATIVE
Simon Kyle, MA, PhD (United Kingdom)

MENTOR POSITION/TITLE
Associate Professor, University of Oxford, Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute

SITE PRIMARY RESEARCH INTERESTS
Neural mechanisms that regulate sleep and circadian rhythms; experimental and clinical sleep medicine (with a particular focus on insomnia disorder); sleep and psychiatric disorder; wearable devices and digital therapeutics in sleep medicine; regulation of circadian rhythms by light; sleep and society.


STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Division of Sleep Medicine

SITE REPRESENTATIVE
Clete A. Kushida, MD, PhD (United States)

MENTOR POSITION/TITLE
Division Chief and Medical Director, Stanford University, Division of Sleep Medicine

SITE PRIMARY RESEARCH INTERESTS
Clinical trials on new diagnostic and treatment tools for sleep disorders; phenotyping/genotyping of sleep disorders; prediction of adherence to treatment; artificial intelligence algorithms for polysomnography.


UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Center for Sleep & Circadian Neurobiology

SITE REPRESENTATIVE
Allan I. Pack, MBChB, PhD (United States)

MENTOR POSITION/TITLE
Director, Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, University of Pennsylvania

SITE PRIMARY RESEARCH INTERESTS
Dr. Pack and the other faculty in the Center (Mathias Basner, David Dinges, Philip Gehrman, Namni Goel, Matthew Kayser, Samuel Kuna, Michael Perlis, David Raizen, Amita Sehgal and Ignacio Tapia) are ISRTP mentors. The research group at the University of Pennsylvania has developed both national and international consortia to facilitate their research. Thus, there are considerable data available for trainees coming to Penn
to conduct secondary data analyses that allow trainees at this site to obtain high-quality publications. The research group also specializes in a functional genomics approach to study of sleep and sleep disorders, with a particular focus on obstructive sleep apnea and developing a personalized approach to this common disorder, and studies in Drosophila and mice to elucidate the role of specific genes.


UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Woolcock Institute of Medical Research

SITE REPRESENTATIVE
Brendon Yee, MBChB, PhD (Australia)

MENTOR POSITION/TITLE
Clinical Associate Professor Medicine, Central Clinical School, Woolcock, Institute of Medical Research

SITE PRIMARY RESEARCH INTERESTS
The cardiovascular and metabolic consequences of sleep apnea, respiratory failure including obesity hypoventilation syndrome, cognitive performance and sleep loss, the relationship between shift work and productivity, and health and sleep effects of windfarms.


Learn how to apply to become a Mentee/Trainee in the ISRTP.

Learn more about how to become a Mentor or ISRTP Site.