The Science of Shut-Eye

The CIHR Institutes of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction partnered with the Canadian Sleep Society to support Fellowships in Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

"The Canadian Sleep Society advocates for healthy sleep for all Canadians. By providing fellowships to promising junior researchers and clinicians at the post-doctoral level or during their internships in sleep medicine, we are fulfilling our mission.”

Dr. Célyne Bastien, President, Canadian Sleep Society

Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, good sleep is a fundamental pillar of health and disease prevention. We all require adequate sleep as it helps us recharge and recover from the physical and mental stresses of the day, and it helps our brains consolidate new information and skills.

For various and complex reasons, not everyone is able to achieve adequate sleep or maintain regular sleep habits. This can have a negative impact on a person's health. Much remains unknown about the relationship between sleep and its effects on our health and waking life. How do sleep problems contribute to disease? How do we address sleep problems like transient and chronic insomnia? How do we develop healthy sleep habits? And what happens in our brains during sleep that helps solidify memories and the learning of new skills? 

To help address these challenges and develop expert research capacity in sleep sciences, the CIHR Institutes of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH) and Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) partnered with the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) to support four Fellowships in Sleep and Circadian Rhythms. This support was provided through CIHR's 2018 Fellowships program that funds promising researchers who are in the latter stages of their training and preparing for transition to an independent research career.

"We were pleased to partner with our fellow CIHR Institute, INMHA, and the Canadian Sleep Society on this Fellowship opportunity," said Dr. Brian H. Rowe, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health. "Providing early career support for these Fellows, who are pursuing independent research careers in the biomedical and clinical sciences, has boosted the capacity for sleep research in Canada and generated important new evidence. As a result of the accomplishments of these four dynamic scientists, we are closer to achieving the goal of better sleep for all Canadians."

"Adequate, quality sleep is essential for optimal brain and mental health," says Dr. Samuel Weiss, Scientific Director of CIHR-INMHA. "We are proud to support these outstanding researchers as they build their scientific careers and celebrate the great work they are doing to contribute to the improved health and wellness of Canadians".

"The Canadian Sleep Society advocates for healthy sleep for all Canadians,” says Dr. Célyne Bastien, President of the Canadian Sleep Society. “By providing fellowships to promising junior researchers and clinicians at the post-doctoral level or during their internships in sleep medicine, we are fulfilling our mission. Our partnership with the CIHR Institutes of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction has been a very successful endeavor. The four exceptional and talented recipients of these fellowships are no less than overachievers. They have moved on to build their own independent research programs, and they will surely become our ‘sleep standard-bearers’ of the next generation. We are pleased to have supported their research and training and proud of their accomplishments.”

Through this partnership, CIHR-ICRH, CIHR-INMHA, and CSS supported the efforts of these four outstanding researchers:

Dr. Elizabeth Keys

University of British Columbia Okanagan

Dr. Jean-Philippe Rousseau

Unity Health Toronto

Dr. Dylan Smith

University of Ottawa

Dr. Irene Telias

University of Toronto

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