Young Investigators Research Forum

Issue Date: September 27, 2021
Application Due Date: November 15, 2021 by 12:00 pm ET
Selection Notification: By January 31, 2022
Forum Dates and Venue: April 20 – 22, 2022
The Bethesdan Hotel
8120 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Amount of Funding: 
Selected Young Investigators Research Forum trainees will be provided:

  • A travel scholarship that includes travel and lodging funded by the AASM Foundation or SRS Foundation to the in-person Young Investigators Research Forum 2022 in Bethesda, MD.
  • A $500 travel credit to use towards travel/lodging to the SLEEP 2022 annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina funded by the AASM Foundation.

In an effort to expand the field of sleep medicine with highly qualified researchers that will lead breakthrough discoveries in circadian science and sleep research, the AASM Foundation is committed to the growing and supporting the pipeline of sleep scientists by investing in the research careers of new investigators through mentorship and grant writing skills opportunities.

The Young Investigators Research Forum is a research training program designed to aid the career development of promising early career investigators in circadian and sleep research by providing opportunities to network with senior sleep investigators, exposure to federal and foundation funding agencies and sleep funding mechanisms, refine their research ideas, and guidance to thrive in an academic sleep research career.

The AASM Foundation thanks Avadel Pharmaceuticals as Lead Sponsor for the Young Investigators Research Forum 2022.

About the Young Investigators Research Forum

The Young Investigators Research Forum is aimed at providing guidance, tactics, and strategies to better position early career investigators for a successful career in circadian and sleep research. The aims are to:

  • Foster the pursuit of circadian and sleep research in early career investigators who are committed to focusing their research in basic, translational, clinical or population sleep and circadian science.
  • Disseminate vital information required for pursuing a research career in circadian and sleep science.
  • Serve as a primer for obtaining grant funding.
  • Provide an opportunity to network and establish extramural research mentorship.

The Young Investigators Research Forum will provide an opportunity for collegial interaction among early career investigators and established senior investigators across the broad spectrum of basic, translational, clinical and population sleep and circadian science, as well as with scientific and program officers from federal funding agencies.

Upon completion of the Young Investigators Research Forum, trainees will be able to:

  • Understand how to build a successful career in sleep research, including how to foster collaborations and develop mentorship relationships.
  • Understand the policies and various mechanisms for sleep research funding.
  • Gain insight on the grant peer review structure and process.
  • Further develop specific aims for a grant proposal.

The Young Investigators Research Forum consists of didactic presentations, workshops, and small group sessions covering scientific writing and stewardship, opportunities for funding and collaboration, navigating the academic environment, and networking. As active participants, early career investigators will have the opportunity to present their current research, provide feedback on each other’s research proposals and review a grant.

The Young Investigators Research Forum is held in-person with webinars done prior to and after the 3-day in-person meeting at Bethesda, Maryland. The program is subject to change as plans for the research forum are finalized.

Selected Young Investigators Research Forum trainees will be provided a travel scholarship that includes travel and lodging funded by the AASM Foundation to the in-person Young Investigators Research Forum 2022 in Bethesda, MD. This year, the SRS Foundation is underwriting a portion of the travel scholarships for the Young Investigators Research Forum 2022.

Additionally, selected Young Investigators Research Forum trainees will receive a $500 travel credit to use towards travel/lodging to the SLEEP 2022 annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina funded by the AASM Foundation.

The AASM Foundation Young Investigators Research Forum 2022 is supported by Avadel Pharmaceuticals.

The following individuals are eligible to apply:

  • Physicians (MD or DO) who are board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties or American Osteopathic Association and have completed their sleep medicine fellowship within the past 10 years, or who are currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited sleep medicine fellowship program are eligible to apply.
  • Researchers (PhD or other similar doctoral degree) who are within 10 years of completing their post-doctoral training or who are currently post-doctoral fellows.
  • Must be members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and/or Sleep Research Society.

The following individuals are NOT eligible to apply:

  • Individuals who have received a federal career development grant (NIH K grant, VA Career Development Grant, or equivalent), or independent research funding (NIH R01 or equivalent) at the time of application.
  • Individuals who are at an institution outside of the United States.

The AASM Foundation Research Career Development Committee will evaluate and score all submitted applications. Factors that will be taken into consideration include:

  1. Contribution to Science: Clear commitment to an academic sleep research career through publication and project efforts, and training to date.
  2. Specific Aims: Current or planned research is scientifically sound.
  3. Career Plan: Focused future career goals in sleep research.
  4. Mentoring Plan and Needs: Appropriate mentors are identified, and plan will help fill gaps in knowledge, skillset, and abilities. If no mentors are identified, the plan clearly outlines strategies for acquiring mentorship and support for filling gaps in knowledge, skillset, and abilities.
  5. Appropriateness: How participation in the Young Investigators Research Forum will enhance the applicant’s career trajectory in circadian and sleep research.

We encourage potential applicants to contact us early in the application process with questions. Eligibility questions may need to be reviewed by a member of the AASM Foundation Executive Committee, so please allow for at least a 1-week response time for eligibility questions. For all other inquiries, please allow a minimum of two business days for a response. Please note that questions received within 48 hours of an application deadline may not be answered before the deadline.

2021 YIRF Young Investigators and Faculty

Christian Agudelo, MD University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Sarah Burkart, MPH, PhD University of South Carolina
Lauren Castner, DO Children’s Wisconsin Milwaukee
Eileen Condon, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC Yale University
Makayla Cordoza, PhD, RN, CCRN-K University of Pennsylvania
Fusun Doldur Balli, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Emert, PhD The University of Arizona
Jacqueline Geer, MD Yale University
Sadia Ghani, MD University of Arizona
Gita Gupta, MD University of Michigan
Alisa Huskey, PhD University of Arizona
Vlad Ianus, MD, MPH University of New Mexico
Ashley Ingiosi, PhD Washington State University
Daniel Joyce, PhD University of Nevada, Reno
Matthew Lehrer, PhD University of Pittsburgh
Peng Li, PhD University of Utah
Elizabeth Mahanna Gabrielli, MD Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Jennifer Miller, PhD, APRN-NP University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mairead Moloney, PhD University of Kentucky
Ann Revill, PhD Midwestern University
Christine St. Laurent, MS, MPH, PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst
Melanie Stearns, PhD University of Missouri
Michelle Stepan, PhD University of Pittsburgh
Pahnwat Taweesedt, MD Corpus Christi Medical Center
Suzie Bertisch, MD, MPH (Chair) Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Andrew W. Varga, MD, PhD (Vice Chair) Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Carmela Alcántara, PhD Columbia University School of Social Work
Indu Ayappa, PhD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
M. Safwan Badr, MD, MBA Wayne State University School of Medicine
Nalaka Gooneratne, MD, MSc, ABSM University of Pennsylvania
Martica Hall, PhD University of Pittsburgh
Jennifer L. Martin, PhD VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Sairam Parthasarathy, MD University of Arizona
Sanjay R. Patel MD, MS University of Pittsburgh
Susan Redline, MD, MPH Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Katherine M. Sharkey, MD, PhD The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Adam P. Spira, PhD Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2020 YIRF Young Investigators and Faculty

Andrey Andreev, PhD California Institute of Technology
Marvi Bikak, MD Rush University
Oren Cohen, MD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Tony Cunningham, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Bhavim Desai, MD Sleep Health MD
Maya Elias, PhD, RN University of Miami
Stacey Elkhatib Smidt, MD Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
Allison Gaffey, PhD Yale School of Medicine
Syed Moin Hassan, MD University of Vermont
Kristin Hoddy, PhD Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Toshihiro Imamura, MD Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Melissa Jones, MD Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine
Jill Kaar, PhD University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Ellen Lee, MD University of California San Diego
Naina Limbekar, MD, MPH Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital
Brian Locke, MD University of Utah
Maristella Lucchini, PhD Columbia University Medical Center
Diego Mazzotti, PhD University of Kansas Medical Center
Sara Mithani, RN, BSN, PhD University of Illinois at Chicago and National Institutes of Nursing Research
Mairead Moloney, PhD University of Kentucky
Kevin Motz, MD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Neetu Nair, PhD University of Missouri Hospital
Cinthya Pena Orbea, MD Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Anita Peoples, PhD, MPH Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
Weston Powell, MD, PhD Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington
Kristina Puzino, PhD Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
April Rogers, MD, MPH, MBA St. John’s University
Alicia Roth, PhD Cleveland Clinic
Katrina Speed, PhD Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention
Caitlan Tighe, PhD Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Thomas Tolbert, MD Mount Sinai Hospital
Lauren Whitehust, PhD University of California, San Francisco
Azizi Seixas, PhD (Chair) NYU Langone Health
Suzie Bertisch, MD, MPH (Vice Chair) Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Indu Ayappa, PhD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
M. Safwan Badr, MD, MBA Wayne State University School of Medicine
Ruth Benca, MD, PhD University of California, Irvine
Daniel J. Buysse, MD University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Michael Grandner, PhD, MTR University of Arizona
Martica Hall, PhD University of Pittsburgh
Jennifer L. Martin, PhD VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Sairam Parthasarathy, MD University of Arizona
Ronald Szymusiak, PhD VA Greater Los Angeles and David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Andrew W. Varga, MD, PhD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sigrid Veasey, MD University of Pennsylvania

2019 YIRF Young Investigators and Faculty

Ritwick Agrawal, MD, MS  Baylor College of Medicine/Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Mansoureh Barzegar, MS  Louisiana State University of Health Science Center
Jennifer Blankenship, PhD  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Omonigho Bubu, MD, MPH, PhD  NYU Langone Health
Gwendolyn Carlson, PhD  VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Amit Chopra, MD  Allegheny Health Network
Ashley Curtis, PhD  University of Missouri
Sammy Dhaliwal, MSc, MS  George Washington University
Denise Dewald, MD  Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Brynn Dredla, MD  Mayo Clinic
Justina Gamache, MD  University of Washington
Stephanie Griggs, PhD, RN  Yale University School of Nursing
Jessica Hamilton, PhD  University of Pittsburgh
Mojdeh Heavner, PharmD  University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Steve Holfinger, MD, MS  The Ohio State University
Erica Jansen, PhD  University of Michigan
Sonya Kaur, PhD  University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Monica Kelly, PhD  Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
David Kim, MD  Johns Hopkins University
Daniel Lee, PhD  California Institute of Technology
Xiaoyu Li, ScD  Harvard Medical School
Junjie Liu, MD, PhD  Yale University School of Medicine
Ivy Mason, PhD  Harvard Medical School
Anna Mullins, PhD  The Icahn School of Medicine
Jennifer Newitt, MD  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Ankit Parekh, PhD  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Rachel Rowe, PhD  University of Arizona
Robert Stretch, MD  David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Nancy Stewart, DO  University of Nebraska Medical Center
Samuel Taylor, Jr., MD, MS  Virginia Commonwealth University
Jason Yu, MD  University of Pennsylvania
Ivan Wu, PhD  University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Alberto Ramos, MD, MSPH (Chair) University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Azizi Seixas, PhD (Vice Chair) NYU Langone Health
M. Safwan Badr, MD Wayne State University
Jennifer L. Martin, PhD (President, AASM Foundation)  University of California, Los Angeles and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Jason C. Ong, PhD Northwestern University
Neomi Shah, MD, MPH Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ronald Szymusiak, PhD David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Lynn Marie Trotti, MD, MSc University School of Medicine
Andrew W. Varga, MD, PhD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Michael V. Vitiello, PhD Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

2018 YIRF Young Investigators and Faculty

Omavi Bailey, MD, MPH  University of Arizona
Sarah Ballou, PhD  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Anuja Bandyopadhyay, MBBS  Indiana University School of Medicine
Priya Borker, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Sergio Cananzi, PhD Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Cecilia Castro-Diehl, MD, DrPH Boston University
Diana Chirinos, PhD Northwestern University
Jonathan Elliott, PhD University of Portland
Danielle Goldfarb, MD Brown University Alpert Medical School
Jennifer Goldschmied, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Sasikanth Gorantla, MBBS University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Elias Karroum , MD, PhD George Washington University School of Medicine
Lynn Kataria, MD George Washington University School of Medicine
Ilia Kritikou, MD University of Pennsylvania
Vaishnavi Kundel, MD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Younghoon Kwon, MD University of Virginia
Dominique Low, MD Johns Hopkins University
Jennifer Marsella , MD University of Rochester
Saif Mashaqi, MBBS University of North Dakota
Katherine Miller, PhD VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Brienne Miner, MD Yale University
Christopher Schmickl, MD, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Aarti Shakkottai, MD University of Michigan
Danica Slavish, PhD University of North Texas
Christine Spadola, PhD Harvard University
Allison Wilkerson, PhD Medical University of South Carolina
Lynn Marie Trotti, MD (Chair) Emory University
Alberto Ramos, MD (Vice Chair) University of Miami
M. Safwan Badr, MD Wayne State University
Ruth Benca, MD, PhD University of California, Irvine
Martica Hall, PhD University of Pittsburgh
Aaron Laposky, PhD National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Beth Malow, MD Vanderbilt University
Rachel Manber, PhD Stanford University
Jennifer Martin, PhD University of California, Los Angeles
Jason Ong, PhD Northwestern University
Sai Parthasarathy, MD University of Arizona
Michael Twery, PhD National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute