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Meet the PI Lecture February 28, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Circadian Rhythms and Sleep in Older Adults: 
A Bedtime Story

 Timothy H. Monk, DSc, PhD

  Professor of Psychiatry and
  Clinical and Translational Science
  Director, Human Chronobiology Research Program
  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 



Dr. Monk’s work has focused for several decades on the consequences of circadian disruption on human sleep, mood and  performance.  His research has been concerned both with endogenous disruptions resulting from advancing age and mental illness, as well as exogenous disruptions resulting from space travel, jet-lag and night shift work. His circadian work has included the study of both physiological circadian rhythms, and behavioral circadian rhythms including the Social Rhythm Metric (SRM) which he helped to develop.    His two major sources of research funding have been NASA and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).  In the 1990s he led in-flight experiments concerning human circadian rhythms and sleep aboard Space Shuttle Columbia and Space Station Mir.  Dr. Monk’s R01 NIA funded work has been concerned with various aspects of phase shift tolerance and sleep in older people, most recently including a large-scale study of retired shift workers.  His current NIA Program Project Grant (AgeWise) is concerned with the mechanisms underlying late life insomnia.  Dr. Monk held appointments at the UK Medical Research Council,  Montefiore Hospital in New York, and Cornell University Medical College prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry in October 1985.

Learning Objectives.  At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand differences between younger adults and older adults in their sleep and circadian rhythms.
  2. Summarize how changes in older adults' bed timing can result in changes in the amount and quality of the sleep they obtain.
  3. Describe how these sleep timing effects can be modified by the circadian preference ("chronotype") of the individual. 

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.


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