The American Academy of Sleep Medicine thanks the faculty and attendees who made the 7th annual Young Investigator Research Forum a great success. Held April 8 – 10, 2015, in Rockville, Maryland, the AASM forum enabled 30 young investigators to network with AASM senior faculty and National Institutes of Health (NIH) staff while learning more about grant writing and participating in mock grant review sessions.
Led by Chair Sanjay Patel, MD, and Vice Chair Katherine Sharkey, MD, PhD, the forum involved a faculty of leading sleep experts: Daniel Buysse, MD; Christopher O’Donnell, PhD; Ruth O’Hara, PhD; Sai Parthasarathy, MD; Alberto Ramos, MD; Susan Redline, MD; and James Wyatt, PhD. Attendees also enjoyed an inspiring welcome address by AASM President Timothy Morgenthaler, MD, and a presentation by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind, PhD.
NIH officers who made presentations or led mock grant review sessions were: James Kiley, PhD, Michael Twery, PhD, Aaron Laposky, PhD, Keary Cope, PhD, and Stephany Webb, PhD, of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); and Michael Selmanoff, PhD, of the Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Staff members from other NIH Institutes also participated in discussions of the NIH grant review process.
The AASM looks forward to hosting the forum again in spring 2016. To learn more about the Young Investigator Research Forum, read the editorial by Dr. Patel, Training the Next Generation of Sleep Scientists, which was published in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.