Young Investigators Research Forum

2022 Program
Next Issue Date: September 12, 2022
Next Application Due Date: October 24, 2022 by 11:59 pm ET
Next Selection Notification: By January 6, 2023
Forum Dates and Venue: Virtual Meetings:
March 2022
May 2022

In-Person Meeting:
April 26-28, 2023
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 2023 in Bethesda, MD.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Young Investigators Research Forum 2022. The 2023 application will open September 2022. Please check back for additional details or subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates on AASM Foundation programs. The Young Investigators Research Forum 2022 Application Overview is available here for informational purposes only.

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.

Meet the Young Investigators Research Forum 2022 Trainees

Bharat Bhushan, PhD
Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University

Yeilim Cho, MD
University of Washington

Joon Chung, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Paul Chung, DO
Northwestern University

Danielle Clarkson-Townsend, MPH, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Mattina Davenport, PhD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Jessee Dietch, PhD
Oregon State University

Elizabeth Dotson, PhD
Naval Postgraduate School

Pierre-Olivier Gaudreault, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Kevin Gipson, MD, MS
Massachusetts General Hospital

Joshua Gonzalez, PhD
Oregon Health and Science University

Seyni Gueye-Ndiaye, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Shahab Haghayegh, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School; Channing Division of Network Medicine

Catherine Heinzinger, DO
Cleveland Clinic

Darian Lawrence, PhD
Naval Postgraduate School

Renske Lok, PhD
Stanford University

Leyden Lozada-Jimenez, MD
Ochsner Health

Jennifer Mundt, PhD
Northwestern University

Amrita Pal, PhD
University of California Los Angeles

Anthony Reffi, PhD
Henry Ford Health System

Katharine Simon, PhD
University of California, Irvine

Eunjin Tracy, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Jenna Wong, PhD, MSc
Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

Andrew W. Varga, MD, PhD (Chair) Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Kiran Maski, MD, MPH (Vice Chair) Harvard Medical School
Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Jonathan Lipton, MD, PhD Boston Children’s Hospital
James Timothy McKenna, PhD Harvard Medical School
Sairam Parthasarathy, MD University of Arizona
Susan Redline, MD, MPH Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Amita Sehgal, PhD University of Pennsylvania
Kenneth Wright, Jr., PhD University of Colorado
Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD Northwestern University

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.

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.

Alumni & Faculty of the Young Investigators Research Forum