WORLD SLEEP SOCIETY ANNOUNCES
SLEEP RESEARCH TRAINEE CLASS OF 2022
ROCHESTER, Minn., July 21, 2021 – The 2021–2022 cohort of mentees in World Sleep Society’s International Sleep Research Training Program (ISRTP) has been selected and matched with mentors at institutions around the world. Congratulations to the mentees:
Yin Huang (China) will be matched with Thomas Penzel, Sleep Medicine Center, Charité University Hospital Berlin
Youmeng Wang (China) will be matched with Thomas Penzel, Sleep Medicine Center, Charité University Hospital Berlin
Chun Ting Au (Hong Kong) will be matched with Danny Eckert, Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Flinders University
Chitra Veluthat (India) will be matched with Uma Devaraj, St. John’s Medical College Hospital
Ruby Joseph (India) will be matched with Uma Devaraj, St. John’s Medical College Hospital
Jenny Zitser (Israel) will be matched with Clete Kushida, Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research
Kate Chan (China) will be matched with Allan Pack, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Jingjing Zhang (China) will be matched with Allan Pack, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Karl D. Mehta (India) will be matched with Joerg Steier and Guy Leschziner, The Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
ISRTP prepares sleep medicine trainees for future leadership in the field, matching them with mentors at leading institutions to strengthen their skills in research design, scientific communication and career development. In addition, ISRTP fosters connections among academic institutions to advance the development of sleep health worldwide.
The training program is unique in its global reach and emphasis on the international development of sleep medicine leaders. “With this new global cohort of sleep physicians and researchers, ISRTP continues to grow and build relationships worldwide,” says Dr. Birgit Högl, president of World Sleep Society.
“By matching international trainees with experienced sleep researchers, ISRTP helps to ensure that the global practice of sleep medicine and research continues to thrive by training its future leaders,” says Dr. Clete Kushida, chair of the ISRTP steering committee.
Dr. Jennifer Zitser is moving from her home in Tel Aviv, Israel to work with Dr. Clete Kushida at Stanford University for the year. “My long-term goals include becoming a lead researcher in the field of sleep and movement disorders, advocating for the importance of non-motor symptoms in neurodegeneration and improving patients’ treatments and quality of life. I believe the ISRTP will help me gain the knowledge I need to attain my goals and strengthen the sleep research program currently being developed in Israel, while simultaneously widening my collaboration network,” Dr. Zitser states.
Dr. Karl Mehta, studying with The Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, says that “I am a practising Consultant Pulmonologist from Bangalore, India. Sleep Medicine makes up about twenty percent of my existing practice. I consider Dr Bendon Yee (University of Sydney), Dr Aneesa Das (Ohio State University) and Dr Nimish Shah, my mentor and formerly of Guys’ & St Thomas’ NHS Trust London, as my influencers in this field. I am confident that the World Sleep Society ISRTP Fellowship will equip with me with the skills required to grow in this field and address an area of need in my home country, India.”
ISRTP is supported by Philips. “In continuing its support of the International Sleep Research Training Program, Philips reaffirms its ongoing commitment to our collective responsibilities in global healthcare today, as well as a shared vision of a better future for everyone,” says Dr. John Cronin, Medical Leader of Sleep and Respiratory at Philips.
Visit worldsleepsociety.org/isrtp/ to learn more about the International Sleep Research Training Program from World Sleep Society.
About World Sleep Society
World Sleep Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance sleep health worldwide. A professional membership organization for sleep physicians, researchers, and other sleep professionals, World Sleep Society manages a variety of programs for its members, the interdisciplinary field of sleep medicine, and the public. News about World Sleep Society can be found at www.worldsleepsociety.org. Follow updates on the next World Sleep congress at www.worldsleepcongress.com.
About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2020 sales of EUR 17.3 billion and employs approximately 77,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.