Sleep Grand Rounds

Our Grand Rounds program is currently on hiatus; please check back later.

We host a monthly research seminar program each academic year. The series features presentations on basic and clinical sleep research from Bay Area scientists as well as visiting researchers from around the world. Topics vary from epidemiology to Metagenomics. If you would like to present to our group, contact Eileen.

Grand Rounds Archives


October 19, 2018
Time for Circadian Medicine:Reading the Genome for New Therapeutic Opportunities
John Hogenesch, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

December 7, 2018
Genetic, molecular, and physiological characterization of the human circadian system
Louis Ptacek, MD
Professor, Neurology at UCSF Weill Institute for Nuerosciences


October 13, 2017
Stanley Yung-Chuan Liu MD, DDS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University School of Medicine

February 9, 2018
Toward Personalized Insomnia Therapy
Andrew D. Krystal, MD, MS
Director, Clinical and Translational Sleep Research Program
Director, Mood and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders and Interventional Psyc

April 20, 2018
Can big data analytics support personalized sleep medicine?
Matt Bianchi, MD, PhD
Former Director of Sleep Division
Massachusetts General Hospital
Adjunct Clinical Faculty – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Sleep Division

June 15, 2018
Molecular Architecture of the Circadian Clock in Mammals: Implications for Aging and Longevity
Joseph S. Takahashi, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

2016 – 2017

Friday, October 14, 2016
Adaptive Servo Ventilator Story
Shahrokh Javaheri, MD – Medical Director at Sleepcare Diagnostics

Friday, November 11, 2016
A Real World Clinical Trial of Treatment of Insomnia Comorbid with Sleep Apnea
Rachel Manber, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center

Friday, December 9, 2016
Genetics of sleep and circadian rhythms in UK Biobank and links to disease
Richa Saxena PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School

Friday, January 13, 2017
Light, clocks and sleep – signaling pathways to therapeutics
Russell Foster,PhD, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford

Friday, March 17, 2017
Sleep, genetics and psychiatric disease: characterizing individual differences in brain activity during sleep
Shaun Purcell, PhD, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Associate Research Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Member, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Friday, April 14, 2017
Selective modulation of cortical state during spatial attention
Tatiana Engel, Ph.D., Research Associate, Stanford University, Department of Bioengineering

Friday, May 12, 2017
Sleep, Cognition and Affective Processing in Older Adults
Ruth O'Hara, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (VA Geriatric)

2015 – 2016

Friday, October 9 2015
Max Herkowitz – Chairman of the Board, National Sleep Foundation
Sleep Health

Friday, November 20, 2015
Sleep-wake state generation by executive GABAergic/glutamatergic systems and their modulation by cholinergic, aminergic and peptidergic systems
Barbara Jones, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University

Friday, December 04, 2015
Regulation of Cortical Arousal, Behavioral Wake and Sleep: New Insights from Preclinical Models
Patrick Fuller – Assistant Professor Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Friday, January 29, 2016
Sleep and Neurology
Cliff Saper – Head of Department of Neurology, Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center

Friday, February 05, 2016
Genes and Neural Circuits Underlying Sleep Regulation in Drosophila
Kyunghee Koh – Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences

Friday, March 04, 2016
Sleep and Clocks: Window to Health
Phylis Zee – Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg University

Friday, April 01, 2016
Ventrolateral Medulla, Breathing and Sleep
Patrice Guyenet – Professor of Pharmacology, University of Virginia

Friday, May 06, 2016
Sleep Apnea: Pivoting to the Future
Susan Redline – Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School

2014 – 2015

Friday, September 12, 2014
Estimating sub-population treatment responses: Application to SMART DOCS
Tyson H. Holmes, Ph.D., Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, Department Of Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Friday, September 26, 2014
CBT for Insomnia Comorbid with Depression
Rachel Manber, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center

Friday, October 24, 2014
Pediatric Sleep Update
Rafael Pelayo, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Friday, November 7, 2014
Development of Narcolepsy Therapeutics Using Models of Hypocretin Neuron Ablation
Sarah Wurts Black, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Neuroscience, Biosciences Division, SRI International

2013 – 2014

Friday, September 6, 2013
Immunological Findings in H1N1 Vaccine Associated Narcolepsy
Professor Outi Vaarala, MD, PhD, Head of Immune Response Unit, Department of Vaccination and Immune Protection, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Haartmaninkatu 8
Helsinki, Finland

Friday, September 20, 2013
The Role of Inflammation and Anti-Inflammatory Treatments in Pediatric OSAS
Aviv Goldbart, MD, MSc.
Ben-Gurion University,Beer-Sheva,Israel
Video of Lecture

Friday, September 27, 2013     
Insights into the Pathogenesis, Genetics, and Management of Sleep Apnea with Novel Upper Airway Imaging Techniques
Richard J. Schwab, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division Co-Director, Penn Sleep Center University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Monday, October 7, 2013   
Restless Legs Syndrome / Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
Mark Buchfuhrer, MD, Director of SomnoMedix/SleepMed Sleep Center in Cypress
Consulting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford School of Medicine

Friday, October 11, 2013
Complex Associations between Sleep, Stress & the Immune System
Aric A. Prather, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

Friday, October 25, 2013   
Sleep Spindles: Crowdsourcing their Detection and Genetics
Simon Warby, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sleep Disorders Research, Stanford University

Friday, November 1, 2013  
Signal Processing and Pattern Recognition of Nocturnal Polysomnography Based Sleep Studies
Hyatt Moore, PhD, Research Associate, Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Friday, November 15, 2013   
The Histamine System in the Brain
Helmut Haas and Olga Sergeeva, Department of Neurophysiology, Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany

Friday, November 22, 2013     
Update on Narcolepsy in Sweden, Post-Pandemrix Vaccination Imaging Research of the Kleine Levin Hypersomnic Syndrome
Anne-Marie Landtblom, MD, Professor of Neurology, Linköping University, Sweden

Friday, December 6, 2013   
Applying Dimensionality Reduction Techniques in Computerized Analyses of Human Polysomnograms
Jacqueline A. Fairley, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology, Emory University

Friday, December 13, 2013        
Millisecond Light Stimulation as Efficacious Phototherapy for Circadian Sleep Disorders
Jamie Zeitzer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Friday, January 17, 2014    
Towards an EEG Biomarker for Huntington’s Disease: Insights from Genetic Mouse Models
Simon Fisher, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Neuroscience, Biosciences Division, SRI International

Friday, January 24, 2014    
Autoimmune Basis of Narcolepsy
Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, Craig Reynolds Professor of Sleep Medicine Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Stanford University Center For Sleep Sciences

Friday, February 7, 2014  
PTSD, Sleep, and Exercise: Interrelationships and Treatment
Lisa S. Talbot, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment, San Francisco VA Medical Center

Friday, February 14, 2014  
Risk of Narcolepsy Following Adjuvanted Influenza Pandemic Vaccine Administration
Philippe De Wals, MD, PhD, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Université Laval

Friday, February 28, 2014  
Legal Aspects in Sleep Medicine
Daniel B. Brown, Esq. The Daniel Brown Law Group, LLC, Atlanta Office

Friday, February 28, 2014     
Opiod Associated Sleep Apnea: Prevalence, Mechanisms, and Treatment
Shahrokh Javaheri, MD, Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

Monday, March 17, 2014    
Persistent Wake Deficits in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Are Mitigated by Dietary Therapy
Miranda M. Lim, MD, PhD
Staff Physician and Assistant Professor, Sleep Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Department of Neurology
Portland VA Medical Center and Oregon Heath & Science University

Friday, April 4, 2014     
Effects of Sleep Restriction on Peripheral and Hepatic Insulin Sensitivity
Madhu N. Rao, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology-San Francisco VA Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco
The video for this lecture can be viewed here. You will need a Stanford University SUNet ID to access the website.

Friday, April 11, 2014  
Cortical Nnos/NK1 Neurons As An Anatomical Link To Homeostatic Sleep Regulation
Lars Dittrich, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Center for Neuroscience, SRI International

Friday, April 25, 2014
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: Its Role in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Claudia Trenkwalder, MD, Professor, Neurology, Movement Disorders, University Medical Center Goettingen, Elena-Klinik, Kassel, Germany

Friday, May 23, 2014
Stress-induced Analgesia, Neuroprotection and Social Memory: Role of Hypocretin/Orexin Neurons
Xinmin Simon Xie, MD, PhD, AfaSci Research Laboratory, Consulting Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine

Thursday, May 29, 2014
"An Interview With William C. Dement: Intimate Details"
William C. Dement, MD, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine Stanford University School of Medicine

Grand Rounds - Previous Academic Years

Videos of available past lectures have been archived by quarter.

When possible, a video of a talk can be accessed the day after the presentation on this website or here. You will need a Stanford University SUNet ID to access the website. There is no CME credit offered for watching video recordings of Sleep Medicine Grand Rounds.

Available presentations from January to March 2012 can be viewed here.

Lecutres from August to December 2012 can be viewed here.

Available presentations from 2011 can be viewed here.
Spring 2014
Winter 2012
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
Fall 2011