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American Academy of Sleep Medicine Awards
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) congratulates the following recipients of the 2016 AASM Awards. Each recipient will be recognized on Monday, June 13, during the plenary session of SLEEP 2016, the 30th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).
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Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award
Established in 1981, the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award honors individuals dedicated to the sleep field who have made significant contributions in the areas of administration, public relations and government affairs. One of the world’s eminent sleep scientists, Nathaniel Kleitman formed the foundation for many areas of current sleep medicine by conducting groundbreaking research that included studies of REM sleep, circadian rhythms and the effect of drugs on sleep. Through his inventiveness and achievement, Dr. Kleitman left a vast impression on the sleep medicine field.
2016 Recipient: Jerome A. Barrett
As the executive director of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 1996, Mr. Barrett has helped strengthen the position of sleep medicine as a recognized medical subspecialty while overseeing the establishment of numerous programs, services and resources that have greatly benefited the sleep field. He also serves at the executive director of the Sleep Research Society and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award
Established in 1994, the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award recognizes members of the sleep field who have displayed exceptional initiative and progress in the areas of sleep education and academic research. The award’s namesake, William C. Dement, MD, PhD, is one of the nation’s leading sleep researchers. His extensive publication of research, studies of REM sleep and development of the Multiple Sleep Latency Test greatly advanced the sleep medicine field. The William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award embodies the pursuit of knowledge, a commitment to teaching and an unceasing quest to disseminate truth.
2016 Recipient: Carol A. Landis, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Landis is a professor in biobehavioral nursing and health systems in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also has served as director of the Sleep Research Laboratory. Her research interests include the health consequences of sleep deprivation, pain-related sleep disturbance in arthritis and fibromyalgia, and sleep problems unique to women.
Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy or Advocacy Award
Established in 1996, the Mark O. Hatfield Public Policy or Advocacy Award acknowledges an individual who has developed public policy that positively affects the healthy sleep of all Americans. This contribution is unique yet vital to the advancement of the field. U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.) continually supported sleep medicine initiatives and policy until his death at the age of 89 years in 2011. His work on behalf of the field was instrumental at increasing NIH funding for sleep, raising public awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), establishing the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, and supporting the nationally recognized sleep disorders research at the Oregon Health & Science University. Sen. Hatfield also chaired the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, introducing the driver fatigue initiative, which passed in 1995.
2016 Recipient: Janet B. Croft, PhD
Dr. Croft is chief of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch within the Division of Population Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Her career over the past 25 years at CDC has focused on identifying gaps in the epidemiologic assessment of heart failure, stroke, mental health, sleep, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and then developing new surveillance systems or improving existing systems to fill those gaps.
Excellence in Education Award
Established in 2002, the Excellence in Education Award is presented to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the teaching of sleep medicine. The award serves to recognize and honor dedicated individuals who have skillfully taught and enhanced the knowledge of professional and lay people in the areas of sleep and sleep medicine.
2016 Co-Recipient: Neil Freedman, MD
Dr. Freedman is the head of pulmonary, critical care, allergy and immunology in the department of medicine at the Northshore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois. He has served as a member of the APSS Program Committee; as faculty and chair for many postgraduate courses, conference sessions, and sleep technologist training offerings; as a member of the AASM PA and NP Task Force; and has been involved in the development and presentation of several of the AASM’s educational products.
2016 Co-Recipient: Richard S. Rosenberg, PhD
Dr. Rosenberg served on the American Board of Sleep medicine (ABSM) board of directors from 1994-2000 and the AASM board of directors from 1999-2003. He then joined the AASM staff as Senior Director of Science and Research and subsequently as Director of Professional Education. He played an integral role in the development of AASM education initiatives in the areas of accreditation, board review, sleep scoring and sleep technologist education. He currently teaches in the psychology and human development departments at California State University, Long Beach.
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