Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist Award is the Sleep Research Society’s highest award and recognizes significant, original and sustained scientific contributions of a basic, translational, clinical or theoretical nature to the sleep and circadian research field. This award honors a single individual of prominence in the research community over an entire career. Selection criteria generally include:

  • A substantial body of research that is considered inspired, meritorious, and significant, which has a major impact on the field, both nationally and internationally, and, secondarily,
  • Additional substantial or outstanding contributions that have advanced the field.

To nominate someone for the 2021 Distinguished Scientist Award, download the nomination form here and email to [email protected]. The nominations period will close Thursday, October 22, 2020.

2020 Recipient

Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD
Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD

“It is an immense honor to receive this award. It represents the recognition and appreciation of the significant role circadian rhythms have on sleep and nearly all biological functions, and especially how the work performed by the many talented scientists and distinguished collaborators in the field have helped translate this knowledge into clinical medicine. I want to thank members of my laboratory, the SRS board and my colleagues who nominated me for this award.”

Past Recipients

2019 – Louis J. Ptáček, MD
2018 – David F. Dinges, MS, MA, PhD
2017 – Thomas S. Kilduff, PhD
2016 – Charles M. Morin, PhD
2015 – Derk-Jan Dijk, PhD, FSB
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