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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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 1, annually.
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Luis de Lecea, PhD
Luis de Lecea, PhD, has been a member of the Sleep Research Society (SRS) since 2002. Dr. Lecea is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. He received his doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Barcelona and conducted postdoctoral research at the Scripps Research Institute in the lab of Dr. Greg Sutcliffe. While conducting research at Scripps, he discovered the cortical neuromodulator cortistatin and the hypothalamic hypocretin system. During the past two decades, the de Lecea laboratory has conducted experiments to characterize alternative functions for the hypocretins and the neuronal inputs and outputs to this system. The de Lecea laboratory also has pioneered the use of optogenetic methods in vivo, in collaboration with Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, at Stanford.
During the past decade, Professor de Lecea has held faculty positions at the Scripps Research Institute and Stanford University, where he has characterized the role of hypocretins in various mammalian behaviors. Professor de Lecea has published more than 140 papers and has served on numerous national and international committees, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Board of Scientific Counselors. He also has received the Distinguished Investigator award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and the Integrative Behavior Neuroscience prize from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).
In the last 20 years we have witnessed extraordinary progress in the neuronal underpinnings of sleep and wakefulness arguably due to two factors: the discovery of the hypocretins orexins, and the unprecedented advances in neuroscience methods. I have been incredibly fortunate to be part of these two events. I would like to thank my mentor Dr. Greg Sutcliffe for being a model creative scientist and a generous person. I would also like to thank the sleep team at Scripps, including Jose Criado and Steve Henriksen, for their enthusiasm and generosity. I also want to acknowledge Dr. Karl Deisseroth for sharing the first moments of optogenetics, and all of my mentees, particularly Antoine Adamantidis and Matt Carter, both of whom received SRS Young Investigator Awards.
2015 - Arthur J. Spielman, PhD
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