Sleep Research Society &

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate Training Opportunities 

in Basic and Clinical Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine

2001 - V Edition

 

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University of Michigan

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Michael S. Aldrich Sleep Disorders Laboratory 

University Hospital, Room 8D-8702 

1500 East Medical Center Drive

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0117 

USA 

 

Phone: 734) 647-9064 

FAX: 734) 647-9065

Faculty Name, Email address):

Alon Y. Avidan, M.D., M.P.H. avidan@umich.edu  

Ronald D. Chervin, M.D., M.S. chervin@umich.edu  

Flavia B. Consens, M.D. fconsens@umich.edu  

Alan S. Eiser, Ph.D. aeiser@umich.edu  

Susan L. Garetz, M.D., M.S. garetz@umich.edu  

Joseph I. Helman, DMD jihelman@umich.edu  

Timothy Hoban, M.D. thoban@umich.edu  

Beth A. Malow, M.D., M.S. bmalow@umich.edu  

Emerson Robinson, DDS erobin@umich.edu  

Linda Selwa, M.D. lmselwa@umich.edu  

Samuel Zwetchenbaum DDS szwetch@umich.edu  

Types of Training Available

  • Undergraduate:   

Research assistantships through the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), work-study opportunities and other programs.

  • Graduate:    

Research opportunities available for graduate students and medical students. 

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships:

A A one-year clinical fellowship in Sleep Medicine is offered; eligibility for internal funding is limited to physicians who will have completed an ACGME-approved neurology or psychiatry residency. A clinical research fellowship for one to two years can also be arranged for qualified post-doctoral  PhD or MD) applicants.

Types of Funding Available

Undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral trainees are funded from research grants. University of Michigan undergraduates can take credit for research experience under the UROP program or participate in a work study program

Current Trainees Names and Email address)

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Mark Perlow, M.D. mperlow@umich.edu

Graduate Students:

Kristen M. Hedger, R.N., B.S.N. khedger@umich.edu  

Amy Natarajan, B.S., M.S. alemalun@umich.edu  

Pla Xoua Xiong pxiong@umich.edu  

Kerry John kerrjohn@umich.edu  
 
Amy DeMario demarioa@umich.edu  

Erica Szymanski eszymans@umich.edu  

J. Summer Liston jliston@umich.edu 

Undergraduate Students:

Katherine Bristol bristolk@umich.edu 

Layla Carson lcarson@umich.edu 

Erica Roberts enrobert@umich.edu 

Luke Smith ldsmith@umich.edu 

Seth Krantz skranz@umich.edu

Laurel Donnell-Fink ldonnell@umich.edu 

Trainees who have completed training [in the past five years] and current status Name, Title, Institution, Email)

Flavia B. Consens, M.D., University of Michigan fconsens@umich.edu  

Daniel I. Rifkin, M.D., Millard Filmore Hospital drifkin@mfhs.edu  

Hadi Tolooi, M.D. Not available 

Carol Henricks, M.D. chrnrick@u.arizona.edu  

Claudio Bassetti, M.D., University Hospital, Bern Switzerland claudio.bassetti@insel.ch  

Richard Fiero, M.D. Not available  

Mark Frost, M.D., Dent Neurologic Institute, Buffalo, NY mfrost@mfhs.edu  

Baruch El-Ad, M.D., Tel-Aviv Medical Center, Israel baruchelad@hotmail.com  

Daniela Minecan, M.D., University of Michigan dminecan@umich.edu  

Sarah Nath Zallek, M.D., Peoria, IL snath@mmci.org  

Troy Payne, M.D., Neurology Clinic of St. Cloud, MN tpayne@knamail.com  

Paul Carney, M.D., University of Florida, Gainsville FL Carnepr@peds.ufl.edu  

James Geyer, M.D., Tuscaloosa Neurology Consultants, AB neurotusca@dnamail.com  

Kirk Levy, M.D., Englewood, NJ kirk_levy@hotmail.com  

Willie Anderson, M.D., Riley Children's Hospital Indianapolis, IN wtanders@iupui.edu  
 

Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory

NOTE: Research Interests are also listed for each faculty member

Clinical Focus:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep disorders in children
  • Dental and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Parasomnias and their distinction from sleep-related epilepsy
  • Narcolepsy

Research Focus:

  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Sleepiness and its assessment
  • Behavioral and cognitive effects of sleep disorders in children
  • Sleep and epilepsy, including the relationship of seizures and interictal epileptiform discharges to sleep and the impact of treating sleep disorders in epilepsy patients
  • Effects of vagus nerve stimulation on sleep
  • Oral appliances in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Cost-effectiveness in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing
  • Sleep medicine education
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Narcolepsy and daytime sleepiness, including pharmacological treatments and investigations related to the hypocretin-orexin system
  • Insomnia in alcoholics
  • Sleep in the post-operative critical care setting

Clinical Focus: 

  • Obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome
  • Insomnia 
  • Sleep disorders in children 
  • Dental and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Parasomnias and their distinction from sleep-related epilepsy
  • Narcolepsy

Research Focus:   

  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Sleepiness and its assessment 
  • Behavioral and cognitive effects of sleep disorders in children
  • Sleep and epilepsy, including the relationship of seizures and interictal epileptiform discharges to sleep and the impact of treating sleep disorders in epilepsy patients 
  • Effects of vagus nerve stimulation on sleep 
  • Oral appliances in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea 
  • Surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Cost-effectiveness in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing 
  • Sleep medicine education 
  • REM sleep behavior disorder 
  • Narcolepsy and daytime sleepiness, including pharmacological treatments and investigations related to the hypocretin-orexin system 
  • Insomnia in alcoholics 
  • Sleep in the post-operative critical care setting 

Technical Capabilities of Lab        

  • 9-bed laboratory equipped with digital polysomnographic systems (Telefactor)
  • 2 additional beds, in General Clinical Research Center, equipped with digital polysomnographic systems
  • Equipment for portable sleep studies and actigraphy

Primary Training Focus

  • Human (Clinical Research)
  • Human (Clinical Practice)

Other Training Opportunities       

Basic science laboratories of Ralph Lydic, Ph.D. and Helen Baghdoyan, Ph.D., Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan

 

Representative Publications For the Last Five Years

Chervin RD, Aldrich MS. Effects of esophageal pressure monitoring on sleep architecture. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1997;156:881-885. 

Turner RS, Chervin RD, Frey KA, Minoshima S, Kuhl DE. Probable diffuse Lewy body disease presenting with REM sleep behavior disorder. Neurology 1997;49:523-527. 

Chervin RD, Dillon JE, Bassetti C, Ganoczy, DA, Pituch, KJ. Symptoms of sleep disorders, inattention and hyperactivity in children. Sleep 1997;20:1185-1192. 

Chervin RD, Aldrich MS. Characteristics of apneas and hypopneas during sleep and relation to excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep 1998;21:799-806. 

Chervin RD, Aldrich MS. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale may not reflect objective measures of sleepiness or sleep apnea. Neurology 1999;52:125-131. 

Chervin RD, Murman DL, Malow BA, Totten V. The cost-utility of three approaches to the diagnosis of sleep apnea: polysomnography, home testing, and empiric therapy. Ann Intern Med 1999;130:496-505. 

Zallek SN, Chervin RD. Improvement in cluster headache after treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Med 2000;1:135-138. 

Chervin RD, Nath Zallek S, Lin X, Hall JM, Sharma BS, Hedger KM. Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing in patients with cluster headache. Neurology 2000;54:2302-2306. 

Chervin RD. Sleepiness, fatigue, tiredness, and lack of energy in obstructive sleep apnea. Chest 2000;118:372-379. 

Hoban TF: Sleeplessness in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Epidemiology and Management. CNS Drugs 2000; 14(1):11-22. 

Avidan A, Golish J, Dinner D, Cowper T, Foldvary N, Perry M, and Mussa R. The mandibular advancement device for the management of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep 1999: 22 (supplement): S59. 

Consens, F., Aldrich, M., Malow, B. Sleep latency on naps with REM sleep is shorter than those naps without REM in patients with narcolepsy. Sleep 2000; 23 (Supplement 2): A102. 

Malow BA, Fromes GA, Aldrich MS: Usefulness of polysomnography in epilepsy patients. Neurology 1997;48:1389-1394. 

Malow BA, Fromes GA, Selwa LM: Sleep attacks mimicking epileptic seizures and pseudoseizures. J Epilepsy 1997;10:232-235. 

Aldrich MS, Chervin RD, Malow BA: Value of the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) for the diagnosis of narcolepsy. Sleep 1997;20(8):620-629. 

Malow BA, Bowes RJ, Lin X: Predictors of sleepiness in epilepsy patients. Sleep 1997;20(12):1105-1110. 

Malow BA, Lin X, Kushwaha R, Aldrich MS: Interictal spiking increases with sleep depth in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia 1998;39(12):1309-1316. 

Malow BA, Carney PR, Kushwaha R, Bowes RJ: Hippocampal sleep spindles revisited: physiologic or epileptic activity? Clinical Neurophysiology 1999;110(4):487-493. 

Malow BA, Selwa LM, Ross, DA, Aldrich MS. Lateralizing value of interictal spikes on overnight sleep-EEG studies in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia 1999;40(11):1587-1592. 

Malow BA, Bowes RJ, Ross D. Relationship of temporal lobe seizures to sleep and arousal--a combined scalp-intracranial electrode study. Sleep 2000;23(2):231-234. 

Malow BA, Aldrich MS. Localizing value of rapid eye movement sleep in temporal lobe epilepsy. Sleep Medicine 2000;1:57-60. 

Malow BA, Levy K, Maturen K, Bowes R. Obstructive sleep apnea is common in medically refractory epilepsy patients. Neurology 2000;55:1002-1007 

Malow BA, Edwards JC, Marzec ML, Sagher O, Fromes GA. Effects of vagus nerve stimulation on respiration during sleep: A pilot study. Neurology 2000;55:1450-1454.

Malow BA, Edwards JC, Marzec ML, Sagher O, Fromes GA. Vagus nerve stimulation reduces daytime sleepiness in epilepsy patients.
Neurology (in press).

www link for the Lab

http://www.med.umich.edu/neuro/clinics/sleepdis.htm

Faculty Research Interests

Alon Y. Avidan M.D., M.P.H., is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology. His activities include the evaluation and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing, narcolepsy, parasomnias, and restless leg syndrome. He is also involved in assessment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are unable to tolerate CPAP for alternative treatment options such as surgery and oral appliances. Dr. Avidan's primary research activities focus on medical student and physician education in sleep medicine. This NIH-funded program involves assessment of current sleep knowledge among medical students and house officers, and the development of educational tools and tutorials in sleep medicine. Dr. Avidan is also interested in the evaluation and management of sleep disorders in the older adult, and in the use of oral appliances for sleep apnea.

Ronald D. Chervin, M.D., M.S., is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, directs the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center. He supervises fellows and residents who participate in sleep disorders clinics, a multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program, polysomnogram reading sessions, and sleep research projects. Dr. Chervin's research focuses on behavioral effects of sleep disorders. Specific interests include sleepiness and its measurement, obstructive sleep apnea, upper airway resistance syndrome, cost-effective approaches to sleep-disordered breathing, periodic limb movement disorder, REM sleep behavior disorder, and effects of sleep disorders on child behavior. Current research is supported by the NIH (NINDS, NICHD, and NHLBI), the University of Michigan General Clinical Research Center, and industry.

Flavia B. Consens, M.D. is a Lecturer in the Department of Neurology. She supervises polysomnography reading sessions, participates in sleep disorders clinics, conducts clinical trials, and pursues several lines of research. Specific interests include REM sleep behavior disorder, sleep and alcoholism, sleep in intensive care units, education in sleep medicine, and narcolepsy. Current research is supported by the NIH, the University of Michigan General Clinical Research Center, and industry.

Alan S. Eiser, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with a practice in psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy as well as a specialization in sleep disorders. He has been involved in research on sleep in psychiatric patients, and his present emphases are on dreaming and psychological aspects of sleep disorders. Representative of his current work are a commentary he co-authored with Howard Shevrin, Ph.D., "Continued Vitality of the Freudian Theory of Dreaming", which is to appear in the December 2000 issue of the journal Behavioraland Brain Sciences, and a presentation entitled "Thinking Psychologically about Patients with Sleep Disorders", which focuses on a published case of 'Homicidal Somnambulism' and has been given in a variety of settings. Dr. Eiser's current efforts in the Sleep Disorders Center include supervising fellows in reading polysomnograms, giving presentations on sleep in psychiatric disorders, insomnia, and dreams, and consulting on selected sleep-disordered patients with complex psychological factors.

Susan L. Garetz M.D., M.S. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is a participant in the multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program. Specific clinical and research interests include the surgical treatment of snoring and sleep apnea including measurement of general efficacy and cost-effectiveness.

Joseph I. Helman, D.M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery, spearheads involvement of Oral Surgery in the multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program. He trains residents and fellows in oral surgery, including maxillofacial techniques used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, a topic on which he has lectured extensively in this country and around the world. His main research interests focus on outcomes of surgical intervention for sleep apnea.

Timothy F. Hoban, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology. He is board-certified in Sleep Medicine and Child Neurology, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Hoban coordinates a pediatric sleep disorders clinic and is actively involved in the clinical, teaching, and research activities of the Michael S. Aldrich Sleep Disorders Laboratory. His clinical and research interests include obstructive sleep apnea and hypoventilation in children as well as sleep disorders in disabled children.

Beth A. Malow, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and active clinically in both the sleep and epilepsy programs at the University of Michigan. She is the Director of the Sleep Fellowship program and supervises residents and fellows in sleep disorders, epilepsy, and electroencephalography. Her research interests are in the interface of sleep and epilepsy. They include the relationship of interictal epileptiform discharges and epileptic seizures to sleep, the effects of vagus nerve stimulation on sleep in epilepsy, the relationship of sleep deprivation and epilepsy, and the impact of treating sleep disorders on seizure control in patients with epilepsy. Her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NINDS), the University of Michigan General Clinical Research Center, and industry.

Emerson Robinson, D.D.S.,M.P.H., is a Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Biologicand Material Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry. He is a participant iin the multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program. His research interests include assessment of oral appliance effectiveness in the management of sleep disorders, and evaluation of combined treatment of OSA with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and oral appliance therapy. He is a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Linda M. Selwa, M.D. is a clinical Associate Professor in Neurology. Her primary research interests are in cognitive aspects of epilepsy. She has administrative responsibility for overseeing the outpatient clinic. She was trained in sleep medicine by Dr. Michael Aldrich and serves as additional staffing faculty to the sleep group.

Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, D.D.S. is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director of the General Practice Residency in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/ Hospital Dentistry. He is a participant in the multidisciplinary Alternatives to CPAP Program. Dr. Zwetchkenbaum is a trained maxillofacial prosthodontist, and his interest in the area of sleep medicine is in the use of oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea. He is a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.