The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the recipient of the 2019 Young Investigator Award, Shadab Rahman, PhD, MPH, and the three individuals who received the honorable mention designation. They were recognized by AASM President Dr. Douglas Kirsch during the AASM general membership meeting on Monday, June 10, at SLEEP 2019 in San Antonio.

The award program, which has been renamed the AASM Trainee Investigator Award for 2020, is open to AASM members who are students, postdoctoral fellows and residents, and who submit an abstract to the SLEEP annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).

Each applicant’s abstract was reviewed by three reviewers, and the most exceptional abstracts with the highest scores were selected for recognition. The 2019 recipients were selected from among 129 applicants.

The winner receives a $1,000 award, and an award of $500 is given to each of the honorable mention recipients. Their abstracts are available in the SLEEP 2019 abstract supplement.

Young Investigator Award Recipient

Shadab Rahman, PhD, MPH

Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School

“Attentional Failures are Correlated with Serious Medical Errors in Resident Physicians”

Honorable Mentions

Erica Jansen, PhD

University of Michigan

“Adolescent Sleep Timing and Dietary Patterns in Relation to DNA Methylation of Core Clock Genes”

Junjie Liu, MD, PhD

Yale University School of Medicine

“Physiological Effects of Respiratory Events that Terminate Without Arousals During Sleep”

Zachary Simmons

Brigham Young University

“Insomnia Symptoms Predict Suicide: Are Patients More Likely to Report Sleep Disturbance than Suicidal Ideation Before their Death?”

Recipients of the 2019 AASM Young Investigator Award

2019 AASM Young Investigator Award recipient Shadab Rahman, PhD, MPH with honorable mention recipient Zachary Simmons; AASM President Douglas Kirsch, MD; and honorable mention recipients Erica Jansen, PhD; and Junjie Liu, MD, PhD. Photo taken June 10, 2019, at SLEEP 2019 in San Antonio.