Summer SWIM: Sleep and Circadian Workshop on Indispensable Methods

August 10-14, 2020

Pittsburgh, PA

Call for Applications

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Sleep and Circadian Science (CSCS) is pleased to announce its inaugural Summer SWIM: Sleep and Circadian Workshop on Indispensable Methods, August 10-14, 2020. We are now accepting applications. Individuals from groups under-represented in sleep and circadian science are strongly encouraged to apply.

 
What is the Summer SWIM?
  • An immersive one-week training program addressing state-of-the-art methodologies in human and animal research on sleep and circadian rhythms
  • An opportunity to network with junior and senior colleagues in sleep and circadian science
What are the program goals?
  • To provide state-of-the art didactic and experiential learning opportunities addressing sleep and circadian research methods
  • To demonstrate how these methods are applied in translational sleep and circadian research studies
  • To foster career development and networking for early stage investigators
What topics will be covered?
  • Human research methods: Polysomnography, actigraphy, self-report, circadian phase assessment
  • Animal research methods: EEG sleep, circadian phase and amplitude assessment, molecular, cell, and circuit-based neuroscience methods
How is the Summer SWIM structured?
  • The Summer SWIM consists of classroom and hand-on activities over 5 days
  • Morning sessions will focus on didactics
  • Afternoon sessions will include hands-on, experiential training
  • Social activities will foster networking and informal discussion
  • Food and lodging are included in the registration fee
Who is the intended audience?
  • Graduate students, post-baccalaureates, post-docs, medical students, residents, and fellows, and junior faculty who are interested in pursuing sleep and circadian research
  • Prior sleep and circadian science experience is not required
  • We are especially committed to developing a diverse sleep and circadian workforce. Individuals from groups under-represented in sleep and circadian science are strongly encouraged to apply.
What is the cost? Is financial support available?
  • The registration fee is $1,125 for trainees and $1,250 for faculty, including food (breakfast, lunch and 3 dinners) and lodging (registration fees are reduced by $300 for shared lodging). For local attendees (no hotel), the registration fee is $400
  • Participants are responsible for travel costs
  • Need-based scholarships to underwrite the registration fee and defray travel costs are available to individuals from under-represented backgrounds in sleep and circadian science and non-research-intensive institutions
How do I apply?
  • Online applications are available at sleep.pitt.edu/training
  • Space is limited
  • Application deadline has been extended to March 22, 2020
  • Applicants will be notified about acceptance to the program by April 15, 2020.
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