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. Led by SWHR staff, including Chris Carter, PhD, MPH, Vice President of Scientific Affairs, and Monica Mallampalli, PhD, MSc., Director of Scientific Programs, 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

Moderators: Chris Carter, PhD, MPH, and Monica Mallampalli, PhD, MSc.


  • 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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