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The SRS's highest award for scientific advances in the field of sleep research is presented to a single individual for research contributions over their entire career. The Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes significant, original and sustained contributions of a basic, clinical or theoretical nature. The award is presented each year at SLEEP, the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.
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Charles M. Morin, PhD
Charles M. Morin, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of the sleep research center at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in sleep medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he remained as professor of psychiatry and director of the insomnia clinic until 1994.
Dr. Morin’s clinical trials comparing cognitive behavioral and pharmacological therapies for insomnia have had a significant impact on how insomnia is treated. His 1993 book “Insomnia: Psychological assessment and management” is a classic reference in the field. He also developed two widely used patient-reported outcome measures: the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and the Dysfunctional Beliefs and Attitudes about Sleep (DBAS) scale, which have contributed to improve clinical and methodological standards in insomnia treatment research.
It is with great pride and modesty that I receive this award from the Sleep Research Society (SRS), particularly in view of prior recipients of this prestigious award.
I am grateful to several people who have influenced the course of my career. First, I thank three brilliant scholars and psychologists who have inspired me as a junior investigator, although I have never worked with them directly: Peter Hauri, Dick Bootzin and Art Spielman.
I am greatly indebted to several esteemed colleagues, and friends, with whom I have had the great pleasure to collaborate and share research ideas over the years: Colin Espie, Jack Edinger and Allison Harvey.
I share this award with the more than 50 graduate students and fellows who trained in our lab. They have been a great source of stimulation and new research ideas. I also share this award with the sleep lab staff and many colleagues who have been instrumental in the success of our research program at Université Laval.
Thank you to my family (Geneviève, Sebastien, and their mother, Paule) for their love and support throughout my career.
Finally, I am most grateful to my partner and colleague, Lynda, for her love and inspiration.
I am deeply honored and grateful to the SRS and its board of directors for this award.
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2013 - Eve Van Cauter, PhD
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2011 - Fred W. Turek, PhD
2010 - Ronald M. Harper, PhD
2009 - Barbara E. Jones, PhD
2008 - Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD
2007 - Mary A. Carskadon, PhD
2006 - James M. Krueger, PhD
2005 - Christian Guilleminault, MD, PhD and Jacques Montplaisir, MD, PhD, CRCPc
2004 - Rosalind D. Cartwright, PhD
2003 - Alexander A. Borbely, MD
2002 - Adrian Morrison, DVM, PhD and Jerome Siegel, PhD
2001 - J. Christian Gillin, MD
2000 - Gerald Vogel, MD
1999 - Michael H. Chase, PhD and Ottavio Pompeiano, MD
1998 - J. Allan Hobson, MD and Thomas Roth, PhD
1997 - Pier Luigi Parmeggiani, MD
1996 - Irwin Feinberg, MD
1995 - Robert W. McCarley, MD
1994 - Dennis J. McGinty, PhD
1993 - Laverne C. Johnson, PhD
1992 - Wilse B. Webb, PhD
1991 - David Foulkes, PhD and William C. Dement, MD, PhD
1990 - Michael Jouvet, MD
1989 - Allan Rechtschaffen, PhD and Mircea Steriade, MD, DSc