Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Sleep Disorders and Circadian Disorders

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology Sleep and Circadian Medicine Division consists of an interdisciplinary faculty dedicated to excellence research, education and clinical care through our affiliated care sites.  The division provides an outstanding environment and resources for clinical and research training, as well as career development of junior faculty.

Education

As one of the top five academic sleep centers in the nation, the Northwestern Center for Sleep and Circadian Medicine provides students with unparalleled experience with a focus on interdisciplinary treatment of patients, research and teaching. Educational opportunities include an ACGME accredited Clinical Fellowship, residency electives, and away rotations for individuals for other institutions.  The clinical sleep medicine fellowship includes a rotation at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; weekly clinical lectures; and a monthly journal club to complement the array of learning opportunities available.

The Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Research Program offer students of all levels (undergraduates, graduate students, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows) unique opportunities to engage in basic, translational and clinical research. The Doctoral program is offered in conjunction with the Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience (NUIN) PhD program. Participation in weekly research meeting as well as the chance to present findings at national conferences, assist in writing journal articles are just a few of the additional educational opportunities the program offers. The division is dedicated to the development of basic and clinical investigators, and the breadth of the interdisciplinary schoolwide collaborations brings unique opportunities for innovation in clinical care, research and training of the students, residents and fellows. Research training is supported by several NIH-funded career development awards for junior faculty and a T32 grant in sleep research. 

Research

The Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Research Program has a large research portfolio and a history of successful NIH funding of cutting-edge translational research and clinical trials in the area of sleep and circadian medicine. Research projects include basic studies on mechanisms of sleep and circadian rhythms regulation as well as translational and patient oriented studies on the role of sleep and circadian rhythms on neurocognitive function, cardio-metabolic health, neurodegeneration, and other neurological disorders. The program also has extensive history collaborating with institutions throughout the country on large-multi site, multi-year studies and trials.

Currently, faculty are Principal Investigators of Collaborators on studies to understand the mechanisms linking sleep quality, circadian alignment with neurocognitive impairment, mood, cardiovascular and metabolic risk in populations at risk for sleep disorders.

Patient Care

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine-accredited Northwestern Center for Sleep and Circadian Disorders had over 5,000 clinic visits in the past year and performed nearly 3,000 polysomnograms. Individuals in the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program as well as residents choosing Sleep Medicine as an elective have ample opportunity to see a diverse patient population to enhance their clinical training.  Northwestern Memorial Hospital employs an interdisciplinary team of experts with the latest in technology to provide outstanding patient care. As one of the pioneers in Chronomedicine, the Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Medicine program offers a unique training experience for fellows and residents, as well as one of the few centers in the country that is equipped to treat patients with complex circadian rhythm disorders.

Meet Our Faculty

Access sleep and circadian disorders faculty bios to learn more about their work within this specialty.