Spring SWIM 2023: Sleep and Circadian Workshop on Indispensable Methods

University of Pittsburgh campus, Pittsburgh PA

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Sleep and Circadian Science (CSCS) will be hosting the 2nd SWIM Workshop April 12-14, 2023 (Wed-Fri).  More details (including registration eligibility) will be added as they become available.

What is the SWIM?

  • An immersive 3 day long 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: Sleep and circadian basics, 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 SWIM structured?

  • The SWIM workshop consists of classroom and hand-on activities over 3 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?

  • 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
  • More details to follow


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