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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.
To nominate someone, download the SRS Distinguished Scientist Award Nomination Form. Complete the form and email it to the SRS Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 1, annually.
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Derk-Jan Dijk, PhD, FSB
Derk-Jan Dijk, PhD, FSB, has been a member of the Sleep Research Society (SRS) since 2004 and is a Fellow of the Society of Biology. Dr. Dijk is professor of sleep and physiology and director of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. His research interests include the role of circadian rhythmicity in the regulation of human sleep and cognition, understanding age and sex related differences in sleep physiology and sleep disorders, and the pharmacological manipulation of sleep and cognition. He presented the keynote address, “Sleep and Circadian Rhythms - Closer Together Again,” at SLEEP 2010, the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).
Dr. Dijk studied biology and received a doctorate in the medical sciences from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. He was a senior research associate in the Institute of Pharmacology at the University of Zurich and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, before he returned to Europe in 1999. Dr. Dijk has published more than 200 research and review papers in the area of sleep and circadian rhythms. He is the recipient of a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award and is editor of the Journal of Sleep Research.
A successful career in academic sleep research is foremost an accomplishment of the multidisciplinary and international research environments I have been so fortunate to be exposed to for the past 32 years. The thorough supervision by a circadian biologist (Dr. Serge Daan), a physicist (Dr. Domien Beersma) and a psychiatrist (Dr. Rutger van den Hoofdakker) during my PhD; and training and mentoring by world-leading sleep researchers (Drs. Alexander Borbely and Irene Tobler) and human circadian physiologist (Dr. Charles Czeisler) have made it virtually impossible to not be productive. I am grateful to all of them.
I thank the University of Surrey for support of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre; the director of the Surrey Clinical Research Centre, Dr. Julia Boyle; and many colleagues and students at the University of Surrey for continuous inspiration and collaboration. Special thanks to my sisters and Laura, Giulia and Dylan for their support.
2014 - Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
2013 - Eve Van Cauter, PhD
2012 - Clifford Saper, MD, PhD
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