SRS Podcasts and Webinars

Welcome to the Sleep Research Society podcasts and webinars page! Listen to riveting episodes from various podcasts that feature cutting-edge research from SRS members and leadership, or focus on important sleep and circadian rhythm-related research topics relevant to our scientific community.

Dan Pardi

Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Eric Nofzinger, MD

Episode 073. Can We Beat Insomnia by Cooling the Racing Mind?
Interviewee: Eric Nofzinger, MD
Description:In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi talks with Eric Nofzinger. Dr. Nofzinger has spent more than 35 years practicing sleep medicine and studying the neurobiology of insomnia at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. As a researcher at Pittsburgh, Dr. Nofzinger frequently interacted with patients with insomnia. They would often attribute their inability to sleep to a “racing mind.”
Duration: 43min 50sec
Broadcast: Tue 12 November 2019

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Dan Pardi

Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Daniel Gartenberg, PhD

Episode 071. Sleep Tracking and Sleep Enhancement
Interviewee: Daniel Gartenberg, PhD
Description:In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi talks with professor Daniel Gartenberg. Daniel has a Ph.D in Human Factors and Applied Cognition from George Mason University, and is an adjunct assistant professor at Penn State University. He has conducted grant-funded research from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Aging to develop sound environments that can diagnose and treat sleep disorders, improve sleep quality, and optimize daytime alertness. He has also developed several mobile sleep apps, such as the Sonic Sleep Coach, which provides personalized sleep feedback and sounds that are designed to modulate sleep quality.
Duration: 44min 55sec
Broadcast: Tue 29 October 2019

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Dan Pardi

Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Lior Appelbaum, PhD

Episode 063. Sleep and DNA Repair
Interviewee: Lior Appelbaum, PhD
Description: Why do we sleep? This is a question that has bedeviled researchers for decades. But we think one major reason may be to facilitate DNA repair. In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi talks with professor Lior Appelbaum. Dr. Appelbaum and colleagues have performed some elegant studies elucidating the molecular mechanisms that underlie sleep, using zebrafish as a model organism.
Duration: 20min 14sec
Broadcast: Thur 29 August 2019

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Webinar: 2019 Advocacy Training

Presenter: Dane Christensen, Health and Medicine Council of Washington
Description: Advocacy Training Webinar
Duration: 41min
Broadcast: Thur 18 July 2019

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Dan Pardi

Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Jeanne Duffy, MBA, PhD

Episode 055. Research on Smartphones and Sleep
Interviewee: Jeanne Duffy, MBA, PhD
Description: Do smartphones really affect the timing and quality of your sleep? In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi talks with professor Jeanne Duffy from Harvard Medical School on her most recent research investigating this question.
Duration: 28min 28sec
Broadcast: Tue 9 April 2019

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Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Mimi Shirasu-Hiza, PhD

Episode 047. Good Sleep Helps Reduce Oxidative Stress

Interviewee: Mimi Shirasu-Hiza, PhD
Description: Why do we need to sleep? One idea is that sleep may function as an antioxidant for the brain, protecting neural tissue from the ravages of oxidative stress. This hypothesis largely fell out of favor, but researchers have recently started to revisit this compelling notion. In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi talks with Mimi Shirasu-Hiza. Mimi is an associate professor of Genetics and Development at Columbia University. Her lab uses circadian mutants of fruit flies to unveil the molecular mechanisms that underlie circadian-regulated physiology.
Duration: 26min 52sec
Broadcast: Tue 9 Oct 2018

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Dan Pardi

Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Kristine Wilckens, PhD

Episode 046. Can Enhancing Slow Wave Sleep Boost Your Brain Function?

Interviewee: Kristine Wilckens, PhD
Description: All of us know that lack of sleep impairs cognitive performance. But we are now realizing that sleep quality, and how long that you spend in deeper restorative sleep, also plays an important role in brain function. In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi talks with Kristine Wilckens. Kristine is an assistant professor in the Sleep and Chronobiology Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research has focused on how sleep structure can be altered to enhance cognitive function.
Duration: 31min 11sec
Broadcast: Mon 24 Sept 2018

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Dan Pardi

Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Kristen Knutson, PhD

Episode 036. The Impact of Sleep on Heart Health 
Interviewee: Kristen Knutson, PhD
Description: The number of people experiencing sleep problems has increased in lockstep with the growing prevalence of cardiometabolic diseases. In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi talks with professor Kristen Knutson about why this is unlikely to be a mere coincidence.
Duration: 21min 41sec
Broadcast: Thur 3 May 2018

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Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with John Peever, PhD

Episode 034. The Mysterious World of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep
Interviewee: John Peever, PhD
Description: In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi talks with professor John Peever, Director of the Centre for Biology Timing and Cognition at the University of Toronto. Professor Peever’s research focuses on how the brain regulates wakefulness and sleep, and their discussion focuses on REM sleep.
Duration: 28min 41sec
Broadcast: Tue 17 Apr 2018

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Webinar: NIH Clinical Trials Policies

Presenter: William T. Riley, PhD, Director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Description: In this webinar, moderated by Andrew Krystal, MD, Dr. Riley describes the NIH Clinical Trials Definition, policies and procedures for principal investigators applying for and conducting clinical trials, continued monitoring, and input regarding policy impacts. The webinar concludes with a question and answer period with the audience.
Duration: 41min
Broadcast: Thur 1 Feb 2018

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Podcast: Hurry Slowly Interview with Sigrid Veasey, MD

Episode: 010: Sigrid Veasey: The Science of Sleep
Interviewee: Sigrid Veasey, MD
Description: In this conversation with University of Pennsylvania sleep researcher Sigrid Veasey, Hurry Slowly host Jocelyn K. Glei explores how getting a good night’s rest sets the tone for your entire waking workday. And how so many shortcomings of performance — and patience — can be traced back to a lack of sleep.
Duration: 36min
Broadcast: Tue 12 Dec 2017

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Podcast: Mornings with Jon Faine Interview with Sean P.A. Drummond, PhD

Episode: Known Unknowns finds out about sleep
Interviewee: Sean P.A. Drummond, PhD
Description: Jon Faine is joined by Sean Drummond, President of the Sleep Research Society, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences Sleep Program, School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University.
Duration: 36min 57sec
Broadcast: Wed 5 Jul 2017

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Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Bryce Mander, PhD

Episode 023. The State of the Art in Sleep and Aging
Interviewee: Bryce Mander, PhD
Description: In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi talks with Bryce Mander, a postdoctoral fellow in the Matthew Walker Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab at UC Berkeley. Bryce and colleagues recently wrote a review that explores how sleep changes as we grow older, and the potential long-term implications of these alterations.
Duration: 41min 24sec
Broadcast: Thur 4 May 2017

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Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Luis de Lecea, PhD

Episode 013. New Discovery Could Mean Better, Next-Generation Sleep Drugs
Interviewee: Luis de Lecea, PhD
Description: In this episode of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi interviews Luis de Lecea, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Recently, he and his colleagues published a study in the prestigious journal Nature demonstrating that dopamine neuron activity (in the ventral tegmental area of the brain) is necessary in order to be awake.
Duration: 16min 28sec
Broadcast: Fri 16 Dec 2016

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Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Jamie Zeitzer, PhD

Episode 011. A New Product to Significantly Reduce Jet Lag – Interview with Stanford Professor, Jamie Zeitzer
Interviewee: Jamie Zeitzer, PhD
Description: In this episode, Dan Pardi speaks with Dr. Jamie Zeitzer who is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at Stanford and at the VA Aging Clinical Research Center of Stanford University, about his research on light and the timing of biological rhythms.
Duration: 52min 31sec
Broadcast: Thur 17 Nov 2016

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Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with David Samson, PhD

Episode 005. Professor David Samson on bedding, sleep depth, and cognition
Interviewee: David Samson, PhD
Description: In this interview, Dan Pardi interviews evolutionary biologist, Professor David Samson of Duke University. Dr. Samson talks about his work research the sleep platforms (i.e., beds) or great apes in Africa.
Duration: 27min 10sec
Broadcast: Thur 19 May 2016

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Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Marcos Frank, PhD

Episode 004. How Sleep Helps You Learn and Remember – Guest, Prof Marcos Frank 
Interviewee: Marcos Frank, PhD
Description: In this interview, Professor Marcos Frank of Washington State University discusses the state of the science on how sleep helps you learn and remember, and explains how things work.
Duration: 25min 39sec
Broadcast: Thur 19 May 2016

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Podcast: humanOS Radio Interview with Jerry Siegel, PhD

Episode 002. Professor Jerry Siegel, UCLA – Research on Hunter-Gatherer Sleep 
Interviewee: Jerry Siegel, PhD
Description: In this episode, Dan Pardi speaks with Professor Jerry Siegel at UCLA about his ground-breaking study that evaluated three societies living in natural conditions (e.g., modern day hunter-gatherers) to examine their sleep behaviors and physiology.
Duration: 28min 49sec
Broadcast: Thur 19 May 2016

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