Call for nominations for the 2019 CIHR-ICRH/CSS Distinguished Lecturer Award in Sleep Sciences

The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH) and the Canadian Sleep Society have established this inaugural and biennial Distinguished Lecturer Award in Sleep Sciences in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of sleep sciences in Canada. The award will be presented to the selected candidate at World Sleep 2019 (WS2019), where the recipient will give a keynote lecture as part of the scientific program. The WS2019 is being held in Vancouver, B.C. from September 20–25, 2019. The WS2019 is an international gathering hosted by the CSS and the World Sleep Society that coordinates the exchange of scientific ideas and experiences in sleep medicine, while facilitating the exchange of up-to-date clinical and basic research techniques.

The selected candidate will be an outstanding scientist who has conducted the majority of his/her research in Canada and who has contributed to the advancement of sleep sciences. The individual may have conducted work in any one of a number of sleep disciplines and within any of the four CIHR research theme areas: Biomedical; Clinical; Health Systems and Services; and, Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health. The nominated candidate’s research should also be in a field of interest to the CSS and the attendees of the WS2019.

The award includes a $5,000 honorarium in addition to coverage of all expenses (e.g., travel, accommodations, registration fee, etc.) for the recipient to attend the WS2019 and to deliver a keynote lecture.

Please complete the attached nomination form and submit it to Laura McQuillan by e-mail (, no later than April 20, 2018.

Note: nominations will be assessed against the following evaluation criteria:

  1. Impact of nominee’s research on sleep sciences both in Canada and internationally; extent to which the nominee has contributed significantly to the advancement of sleep sciences both in Canada and internationally (e.g., important/key research results or findings) over the last ten years.
  2. Relevance/application/impact of nominee’s research to a clinical setting (i.e., translational research; “from bench to bedside”).
  3. Demonstrated strength and reputation of the proposed nominee in the field of sleep sciences in Canada and internationally.
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