Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

The Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award is presented to individuals to recognize novel and seminal research dealing with a specific thematic area (not a collection of disparate findings) that has made a significant impact to the sleep and circadian research field.  Generally, the major contribution is presented in a single publication, although in some cases the scientific contribution is best represented in a small series of discoveries.  Scientific advances recognized by this award may be basic, translational, clinical or theoretical in nature. This award honors one scientist or a team of up to three scientists most responsible for the design, conduct, and publication of the novel and seminal work.

Nominations for 2020 are now closed.

2019 Recipients

Frank A. J. L. Scheer, PhD
Frank A. J. L. Scheer, PhD

“I would like to thank the Sleep Research Society for selecting Steven Shea and myself for this prestigious award, and am grateful to three leaders in the field, Eve Van Cauter, Chuck Czeisler, and Joe Takahashi for nominating us. My appreciation goes out to my PhD mentor Ruud Buijs, and my postdoc mentors Steven Shea (co-recipient and continued close collaborator) and Chuck Czeisler for their continued support, friendship and mentorship. Thanks to all my collaborators and colleagues for their inspiration, collaboration and team spirit, with special mention of Kun Hu, Richa Saxena, and Marta Garaulet and their groups. A shout out to my wonderful team at the Medical Chronobiology Program, both past and present, with whom we are following up on these and other exciting findings. Finally, I would like to thank my parents and wife Linda for their unwavering love, support, and interest; and Linda, in addition, for being practical and providing a stable Home, even helping with rat surgery despite being absolutely terrified of them (I only learned later). I dedicate this award to my father, Martin Scheer (March 29, 1939 – October 16, 2008), a mechanical engineer who read more books about the brain than I did.”

Steven A. Shea, PhD
Steven A. Shea, PhD

“I am indebted to the three marvelous scientists who nominated Frank Scheer and me for this award, namely Eve Van Cauter, Chuck Czeisler and Joseph Takahashi. I have learned that working with colleagues who become friends can make even the most frustrating days exciting and that sharing failures can kindle successes. So, I would like to thank my many dear colleagues who have stimulated, contributed to, and improved my work, including my main former colleagues in London: Abe Guz (thesis advisor); Richard Horner and Mary Morrell; my main former colleagues in Boston: Toshi Akahoshi, Robert Banzett, Dave Barr, Liz Bloch-Salisbury, Orfeu Buxton, Charles Czeisler, Michael Hilton, Kun Hu, Atul Malhotra, Chris Morris, Milena Pavlova, Melanie Rüger, Frank Scheer (award co-recipient), Carolina Smales, Christina Spengler, and David White; and my OHSU research collaborators; Nicole Bowles, Matt Butler, Noal Clemons, Jon Emens, Derek Lam, Andrew McHill, Christina Swanson (now in Colorado) and Saurabh Thosar. I would like to devote this award to my dad, Joseph Shea, who passed away recently, just before his 92nd birthday. I am proud to say that we published together even though he was not a scientist – because he happened to visit on abstract deadline day and I needed some help. He enjoyed writing: Symptoms of inadequate ventilation in congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (SA Shea and J Shea. Am. J. Respir. Crit Care Med., 1999, Vol.159[3], p.A781) which has now been cited thrice, including this self-citation! Finally, I deeply thank Jo Prestwich, my wife, for her enduring love, support and tolerance throughout, including accompanying me the 3,000 miles each time I get that urge to move further west (though I’ve been told that Oregon is the last stop, so we won’t be going to Hawaii, together).”

Past Recipients

2018 – Chiara Cirelli, MD, PhD
2017 – Niels C. Rattenborg, PhD
2016 – Luis de Lecea, PhD
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 – Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD; Masashi Yanagisawa, MD, PhD