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.

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

2020 Recipient

Richard P. Allen, PhD
Richard P. Allen, PhD

“I’m honored and humbled to receive this very prestigious award from the Sleep Research Society. I’ve spent the last 40 years with a singular focus, studying and thinking about restless legs syndrome (RLS). Maybe it seems tiresome to be so exclusively focused on only one sleep disorder, but rather than boring drudgery, it’s been a privilege and one hell of an exciting adventure in discoveries. I have had the privilege of working with many wonderful colleagues, particularly Diego Garcia-Borreguero and John Winkelman and others, far too many to name. But most important has been the uniquely close and remarkably productive 30-year collaboration I have had with Christopher Earley. The work would not have continued without him. I feel this award belongs as much to Chris as to me.”

Past Recipients

2019 – Frank A. J. L. Scheer, PhD; Steven A. Shea, PhD
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