CONTACT: AASM Director of Communications Kathleen McCann
DARIEN, IL – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine presented the 2010 William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award to University of Arizona professor Stuart F. Quan, MD, June 7, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas, at SLEEP 2010, the 24th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).
Quan served on the AASM board of directors from 1997 to 2005, and in 2005 he became the editor of the AASM’s new Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. His current research focuses on the epidemiology of sleep and sleep disorders, particularly sleep-disordered breathing. He is the principal investigator for the Tucson Children’s Assessment of Sleep Apnea Study (TuCASA), and he was the principal investigator at a field site for both the Sleep Heart Health Study (SHHS) and the Apnea Positive Pressure Long-term Efficacy Study (APPLES).
“Dr. Quan is at the forefront of academic sleep research and is recognized as one of the leaders in the sleep field,” said AASM President Patrick J. Strollo Jr., MD. “His commitment to teaching and research has helped advance the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.”
Quan is a current member of the Arizona Respiratory Center and professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., where he also has served as chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine, associate head of the Department of Medicine, program director of the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) and director of the Sleep Disorders Center.
He received a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin. He also completed fellowships in critical care medicine and emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and pulmonary medicine at the University of Arizona. Quan became an AASM member in 1984 and earned board certification in sleep medicine in 1987.
Established in 1994, the annual William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award recognizes a member of the sleep field who has displayed exceptional initiative and progress in the areas of sleep education and academic research. The award’s namesake, William C. Dement, MD, PhD, is a leading sleep scientist and clinician whose extensive research, study of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and development of the Multiple Sleep Latency Test greatly advanced the sleep medicine field.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional membership society that is the leader in setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research. Across the U.S. more than 2,000 AASM-accredited sleep disorders centers and laboratories for sleep-related breathing disorders provide the highest quality of medical care for patients with sleep disorders.
A joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, SLEEP 2010 brought together an international body of more than 5,000 sleep medicine specialists, sleep researchers, sleep technologists, allied health professionals and other health care professionals.