Young Investigators Research Forum

The AASM Foundation Young Investigators Research Forum aids the career development of promising young investigators in clinical and translational sleep medicine research. This research forum is aimed at providing guidance, tactics, and strategies to better position young investigators for a successful career in clinical sleep research. The aims are to:

  • Foster the pursuit of clinical research in sleep medicine by junior faculty and fellows training in sleep medicine
  • Disseminate vital information required for pursuing a career in research
  • Serve as a primer for obtaining grant funding
  • Provide an opportunity to network and establish extramural research mentorship

The Young Investigators Research Forum will provide an opportunity for collegial interaction with other young investigators and established senior investigators across the broad spectrum of clinical sleep research, as well as with scientific and program officers from federal funding agencies.

Successful applicants will be selected based on past research productivity and future promise in sleep medicine research. If the forum is held in-person, selected attendees are awarded a scholarship that includes travel, lodging and food expenses paid by the AASM Foundation.

To learn more about the Young Investigators Research Forum and to apply, visit the AASM Foundation Young Investigators Research Forum webpage.

The YIRF offers a rare opportunity to have such a breadth and depth of introduction to the field of sleep research at the early stages, particularly in an environment with such dedicated senior faculty.

Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH

The YIRF helped demystify the NIH grant types and helped me understand steps of grant submission and review. The staff was encouraging of my project and this helped bolster confidence to apply for future funding.

Kiran Maski, MD

Young investigators should apply to attend this year’s YIRF because it will provide them with intensive mentoring and key strategies for developing a successful academic career.

Katherine Sharkey, MD, PhD

Beyond the opportunity to talk with leaders in the field, having down time with peers who are on the same career path as you is a wonderful place to develop relationships with individuals who will become your collaborators.

Eric Zhou, PhD