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The Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award honors one to three candidates for a single research contribution. The award is based upon novel and seminal discoveries of a basic, clinical or theoretical nature. The contribution can consist of several findings, but the findings must be parts of a single, coherent line of research. Any collection of disparate findings will not be recognized. The award is presented each year at SLEEP, the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.
To nominate someone, download the SRS Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Nomination Form. Complete the form and email it to the SRS Coordinator at email@example.com no later than November 1, annually.
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Arthur J. Spielman, PhD
Arthur J. Spielman, PhD, has been a member of the Sleep Research Society (SRS) since 2007. Dr. Spielman is professor of psychology in the neuroscience doctoral subprogram at The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and adjunct clinical professor of psychology in neurology and co-director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
What good fortune it was to embark on a career in sleep research in the year 1968, and what a privilege to have had a hand in our epic journey! My CUNY graduate mentor, Steven Ellman, inspired my interest in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and stressed, “It’s good to have a theory,” which was wise counsel that I kept as my work turned to insomnia.
Fresh from graduation, my timing was right to help build the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore, where wise mentors Elliot Weitzman, Howard Roffwarg, and Charles Pollak taught me sleep disorders medicine and how to function on a sleep disorders team. When Charles Czeisler came to do his thesis and build the lab of Human Chronophysiology, I saw not only how to construct a world-class laboratory from an empty attic but also a whole new scientific understanding firmly supported on lines of evidence. Michael Thorpy gave me time to delve into the clinical science of insomnia, work from which both the 3P model of insomnia as well as Sleep Restriction Therapy emerged.
I thank my colleague Max Hirshkowitz for his ideas both inside and outside the box, and all of my students for their belief and trust in me, specifically Mark Pressman, Paul Saskin, Michael Anderson, Matt Ebben and Chien Ming Yang for their enthusiasm, ideas and energy. My efforts followed the contributions of Peter Hauri and Richard Bootzin, whose seminal work showed that attention to behavior would address the woes of the sleepless
Finding and holding close Paul Glovinsky over the past 30 years has been key to my success. We both find it difficult to know who made the conceptual and clinical insights we have written about. In addition, imagine how wonderful it is to speak freely of an inchoate idea and to have your collaborator translate it into coherent text that has a “voice” of understanding and grace.
2014 - David Holtzman, MD
2013 - Amita Sehgal, PhD
2012 - Joseph Takahashi, PhD
2011 - Terry B. Young, PhD
2010 - Mark Mahowald, MD; Carlos Schenck, MD
2009 - David B. Rye, MD, PhD; Juliane Winkelmann, MD
2008 - Robert Y. Moore, MD, PhD; Friedrich K. Stephen, PhD; Irving Zucker, PhD
2007 - Eve Van Cauter, PhD
2006 - Masashi Yanagisawa, MD, PhD; Emmaneul Mignot, MD, PhD