Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine

The objective of this NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded Program is to develop the next generation of sleep medicine researchers using a multidisciplinary, translational approach. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of sleep research skills, development of research questions and protocols, publication of peer-reviewed papers, and submission of a career development grant application to the National Institutes of Health.  Both post-doctoral (MDs and PhDs) and pre-doctoral (medical student) training is offered. More information about the program can be found on the Sleep and Chronobiology Center's website.

Post-doctoral training: The core of the program is mentored research by two mentors (one primary and one secondary). Rapid immersion in both animal and human sleep research is provided to all trainees during an initial four-week “basic training.” These activities are supplemented by individually-selected courses in the Schools of Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, regularly-scheduled seminars and lectures in sleep medicine, and participation in the Career and Research Development Seminar (CARDS) series.  

Sleep research participant
Sleep study research participant.

Medical student summer program: This is a 10 to 12 week individualized research experience with a sponsoring mentor that includes didactics directly linked to student research projects, and opportunities to interact with potential role models and peers. 

Medical student scholarly project: This is a longer term involvement through the School of Medicine Scholarly Project

Program length

The post-doctoral program is 2 to 3 years in length, and the pre-doctoral program is 10 to 12 weeks.

Who should apply?

Post-doctoral training: Individuals with an MD or PhD in a discipline related to sleep/circadian medicine are encouraged to apply. Examples include medicine, psychology, nursing, physiology, and epidemiology.

Pre-doctoral training: Medical students with an interest in in sleep medicine should apply to the summer program.

How many spots are available?

Four postdoctoral stipends and four summer stipends for medical students are available each year.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in the program, please complete an online contact form.