Academic Track

A one-year clinical fellowship in sleep medicine can sometimes be followed by a sleep research fellowship for one to three years (usually two) in clinical, translational, or basic science areas related to sleep medicine. This track is designed for qualified physicians who plan careers that include clinical practice and focus on research in an academic setting.


Similar to clinical track, in addition, candidates should have some research experience and ideas for the type of research they wish to pursue at the University of Michigan. Candidates seeking funding on a T32 award must commit to at least 2 years of research, in addition to the one year of clinical training.

Programs and Facilities:

In the Academic Track, the research years are usually funded by an NIH-sponsored Neurology Department Training Grant. Facilities and resources for clinical research include the Michael S. Aldrich Sleep Disorders Laboratory, the Sleep and Chronophysiology Laboratory at the Depression Center, and the Michigan Clinical Research Unit Sleep Research Core. Opportunities for preclinical sleep research are available in several laboratories that focus on pharmacological, neurophysiological, and behavioral approaches in animal models.

Examples of specific areas of research interest and training include:

  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Sleepiness
  • Sleep in children
  • Hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in children with sleep disorders
  • Sleep in college students
  • Sleep and driving issues
  • Sleep and its disorders in pregnancy
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Dreams
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders
  • Surgical approaches to treatment of sleep apnea
  • Perioperative evaluation and management of sleep-disordered breathing
  • EEG signal processing
  • Sleep in depressed patients
  • Sleep in patients with alcohol abuse, pain and sleep
  • Neuropharmacology of sleep
  • Role of sleep in learning and memory


Fellowship training includes clinical evaluation and management of adults and children with sleep disorders in outpatient as well as inpatient settings. In most cases research training would be supported by an NIH Training Grant (T32) for 1, 2 (usually), or 3 years contingent on good performance and efforts to acquire outside funding, in whole or in part, for the last two of those years. Application for research training involves an internal competition and must include a short proposal for a compelling research and training plan.