Required Seminars and Lectures

All trainees funded by or otherwise participating in the Research Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology are expected to participate in the following lectures and seminars organized by the Division of Sleep Medicine and this Training Program.

Preceptors' Introductory Sleep Course
The Introductory Sleep Course is offered monthly during the academic year by the Faculty Preceptors of the Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology. This is a free course, open to all students, fellows and faculty, and its format is an informal and interactive lecture series. This seminar is held on Mondays (noon to 1:30 pm) in the Division of Sleep Medicine conference room at 221 Longwood Ave, 4th floor RFB section, approximately once per month during the academic year.
For more information, please see the description below, view the seminars and lectures schedule on the calendar, or visit the Introductory Sleep Course page for more information.

Sleep Grand Rounds
Sleep Grand Rounds is a monthly research seminar program that has been conducted each academic year since September 1996, incorporating faculty presentations on basic and clinical sleep research. This seminar is held on Mondays (noon to 1 pm) in the Bornstein Family Amphitheater, between exits 5 and 6 off the "Pike" the second floor of Brigham & Women's Hospital 45 Francis Street, approximately once per month during the academic year.
For more information, please see the description below, view the seminars and lectures schedule on the calendar, or visit the Sleep Grand Rounds page for more information.

Trainee Research In Progress Seminars
The Trainee Research-in-Progress Seminar is designed to provide trainees with a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas as they present their work to peers from both similar and differing backgrounds. This seminar is held on Mondays (noon to 1 pm) in the Division of Sleep Medicine conference room at 221 Longwood Ave, 4th floor RFB section, approximately every other month during the academic year.
For more information, please see the description below, or view the calendar for more information.

Note: Recorded attendance is required of all trainees for at least one full academic year of the Preceptors’ Introductory Sleep Course, and at least three-quarters (seven out of ten annually) of Sleep Grand Rounds presentations during the period of training.

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Academic Requirements (overview of courses)
Other Required Activities
Other Recommended Courses and Activities
Certificate Program requirements
Seminars and Lectures Schedule



Introduction to Research on Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology (Division of Sleep Medicine-Brigham & Women’s Hospital). The primary goal of this seminar series is to provide overall exposure to the protocols, preceptors, and methodology presently available in the units represented in this Training Program. Each month one of the preceptors or associate preceptors presents a research seminars intended to give an overview of their current research focus. Each seminar lasts 1.5 hours and is aimed at trainee level. Typically a classic paper is presented, techniques specific to the preceptor’s laboratory are introduced, a synopsis of recent results from the preceptor’s laboratory are presented, and a critique and discussion of the implications of the research with involvement of the trainees. Thus, this seminar series covers the whole range of research encompassed by the Training Program, and aids the trainees in selecting laboratories for their research rotations and/or a laboratory for their primary research focus/thesis work.


Sleep Grand Rounds (Division of Sleep Medicine-Harvard Medical School). A didactic series of lectures for established investigators and clinicians that covers research in both basic and clinical aspects of sleep and sleep disorders, and in patient-oriented research evaluations of clinical treatment options for sleep disorders. Occasionally, trainees are invited to present their research to this forum if it represents a substantive body of work (all trainees do present their work in an additional seminar series). Sleep Grand Rounds facilitates interaction between researchers and practitioners within the field, fostering collaborative and cooperative efforts. Presentations are scheduled once per month on Mondays from noon to 1:15 p.m., with a balance of research (patient-oriented and basic science) presentations. Sleep Grand Rounds is currently approved for one hour of Category 1 Continuing Medical Education credit, and it is broadcast from Brigham & Women’s Hospital via video-conferencing to numerous remote sites across North America (e.g., Massachusetts General Hospital; Brown University [Mary Carskadon]; University of Arizona [Janis Anderson], and University of Colorado, Boulder [Kenneth Wright]) and internationally.


Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurophysiology Training Program: Research in Progress Seminars (Division of Sleep Medicine-Brigham & Women’s Hospital). This research seminar forms the basis for interchange of progress among the trainees. During these seminars, trainees present research in progress and also have the opportunity to interact with individuals from other disciplines. These seminars serve to maintain a high level of awareness of work being pursued in the various laboratories of the participants in this training program and permit constructive criticism of data being presented. They also provide a forum for the trainees to receive instruction in the presentation of their research findings at seminars and national meetings. Each trainee makes a presentation at this seminar series each year, which is held monthly on Mondays from noon to 1:15 p.m., alternating with Sleep Grand Rounds.

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