Date: October 24-25, 2013

About: SWHR convened an interdisciplinary roundtable meeting to understand the role of sex differences in sleep and the state of women’s sleep health research. The roundtable included expert panel of well-established sleep researchers and clinicians.


  • Identify the underlying nature of sex and gender differences in sleep research
  • Identify basic and clinical research along with a focus on specific challenges facing women with sleep-related problems and effective therapies
  • Identify research gaps in the areas of epidemiology, sleep regulation, sleep quality, diagnosis and treatment


  • Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Roseanne Armitage, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Hrayr Attarian, MD,  Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Fiona Baker, PhD, Human Sleep Research Laboratory
  • Nancy Collop, MD, Emory University
  • Helene Emsellem, MD, Center-Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Ronald Farkas, MD, PhD, Division of Neurology Product at the FDA
  • Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC, Yale School of Medicine


  • Kathryn Lee, RN, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Maurice Ohayon, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Susan Redline, Harvard Medical School
  • Thomas Roth, PhD, Henry Ford Hospital
  • Michael Twery, PhD, National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Division of Lung Diseases at the NIH
  • Joyce Walselben, PhD, New York University, Langone Medical Center
  • Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, Northwestern University

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