Sleep Health & Safety 2011
The National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Health & Safety 2011 will take place March 17-18 at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington, DC.
Chair: Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH
Professor and Chairman of Family Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Sleep problems and fatigue are among the most common presentations in a primary care setting, but they are rarely covered in medical school. Sessions in this track will help physicians, nurses and physician assistants and other health care professionals hone their diagnosis and treatment for insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS and narcolepsy along with common comorbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity.
Chair: Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, FRCP
Professor of Sleep Medicine,
Director of the Division of Sleep Medicine
Harvard Medical School
This track will cover significant developments in the areas of sleep health and safety including national epidemiology data collections efforts, fatigue research and programs in transportation and other safety-sensitive occupations, drowsy driving policy and prevention efforts. Leaders in state and federal government, school and public health, occupational medicine, transportation, industry, and academia will discuss the state-of-the-art in protecting Americans from the consequences of fatigue and untreated sleep disorders.
Sessions will also include a focus on adolescent health and safety, examining how sleep affects adolescents’ learning, memory, mental health, behavior and driving safety. It will discuss how sleep deprivation is affecting America’s schools and how districts can change their school start times to improve health and academic performance.
Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., was appointed Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on February 5, 2003, and reappointed on October 9, 2009. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Clancy was Director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.
Dr. Clancy, a general internist and health services researcher, is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following clinical training in internal medicine, Dr. Clancy was a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining AHRQ in 1990, she was also an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.
Dr. Clancy holds an academic appointment at the George Washington University School of Medicine (Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine) and serves as Senior Associate Editor for the journal Health Services Research. She serves on multiple editorial boards, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, American Journal of Medical Quality, and Medical Care Research and Review.
Dr. Clancy is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2004. In 2009, she was awarded the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research.
Dr. Clancy's major research interests include improving health care quality and patient safety and reducing disparities in care associated with patients' race, ethnicity, gender, income, and education. As Director of AHRQ, she launched the first annual report to Congress on health care disparities and health care quality.
Dr. Rosemary Sokas is the Director of OSHA's Office of Occupational Medicine. She has previously served as the Associate Director for Science at NIOSH and has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, and most recently as tenured professor and director of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she established and directed the Illinois Public Health Research Fellowship Program. Her research publications evaluate the impact of occupational exposures on common health outcomes, training intervention effectiveness in health care and in construction, and novel approaches to addressing the needs of immigrant, high-risk and low-income workers.
The deadline to request a refund for registration cancellation is February 17, 2011. Refund requests will not be accepted after the deadline. Requests must be made in writing only and a $75 service fee will apply to each individual registration. Refunds are not eligible for registrants who do not attend an event. Substitutions are not permitted. Refunds will be processed beginning March 21, 2011.