Northwestern University, Professor / Assoc. Director, Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology

headshot1 zee1 2 cropped 2Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD is the Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor in Neurology and Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University.  She is also the Director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and the Director of Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  She is an internationally recognized clinician and investigator in the fields of Neurology, Sleep and Circadian Medicine.

As Director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine, Dr. Zee oversees an interdisciplinary clinical service and research program in sleep and circadian rhythms.  Research topics in this center range from basic animal studies to therapeutic clinical trials. Basic and clinical studies from her laboratory paved the way to novel treatments for disorders associated with sleep and circadian clock dysfunction. Dr. Zee’s research has focused on the effects of age on sleep and circadian rhythms, genetic regulation of circadian sleep disorders, and behavioral interventions to improve sleep and performance. In addition, current National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored research includes studies that examine the relationship between sleep and sleep disorders with metabolic and cardiovascular risk in populations at risk, such as older adults, the effects of sleep disturbance on adverse pregnancy outcomes, and a clinical trial examining a new treatment for sleep apnea. Dr. Zee also has authored more than 200 peer reviewed original articles, reviews and chapters on the topics of sleep, circadian rhythms, and sleep/wake disorders.  She has also trained over 50 pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students and has mentored numerous faculty members.

Dr. Zee is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and member of the American Neurological Association, Dr. Zee has served on numerous national and international committees, NIH scientific review panels, and advisory boards, including being a Member of the National Institute of Heart Lung and Blood Disorders Advisory Council. She has served as President of the Sleep Research Society, President of the Sleep Research Foundation and past Chair of the NIH Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board.  Dr. Zee is the recipient of the 2011 American Academy of Neurology Sleep Science Award and the 2014 American Academy of Sleep Medicine highest academic honor, the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award.  


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