As an affiliate of the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Sleep™ not only provides the latest in treatment for sleep problems, it also works to discover new treatments and train the next generation of sleep specialists.
Wisconsin Sleep’s research goal is to establish a translational research program linking the University of Wisconsin’s research strengths with a patient-oriented clinical program.
One of our premier goals is to establish the world’s first high density EEG sleep laboratory, which will allow us to capitalize on groundbreaking work of Giulio Tononi, MD, PhD. In his work on sleep, Dr. Tononi has pioneered the combined use of electrophysiological approaches and molecular biology. Tononi has collaborated with Chiara Cirelli, MD, PhD, to discover striking differences in the expression of certain genes between sleep and waking and identified molecular markers of these behavioral states.
Through our academic and clinical research efforts, Wisconsin Sleep broadens the applicability of sleep studies to other disorders (e.g., neurological and psychiatric disorders, degenerative disorders). Wisconsin Sleep will use a multilevel approach, including:
- Transcriptomics and proteomics
- Fly genetics
- Electrophysiology and behavior
- High-density EEG
- High-density EEG and TMS
- Clinical studies
Wisconsin Sleep provides formal programs in sleep medicine education as the primary training site for residency and fellowship programs within the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW).
The capstone-training program for the center is the UW Hospital-sponsored ACGME-accredited sleep medicine fellowship. This fellowship is based at the center and a collaborative effort of the William S. Middleton Veterans’ Administration Hospital, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation and UW Hospital and Clinics. It offers one year of intensive education and training for physicians post-residency and culminates in board certification in the area of sleep medicine. This program trains fellows in clinical and research skills to prepare them for success as clinicians and academicians.
Residents from the UW programs in psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine and pediatrics may participate in a month or six-month elective rotation in sleep medicine at the center. Furthermore programming exists for training fellows in pulmonary medicine, neurology and geriatrics in sleep. The scope of such training involves approximately 10-15 residents and fellows per year.
Graduate/doctoral students from the University of Wisconsin participate in on-site courses relating to the field of sleep research and sleep medicine. The center works with the Madison Area Technical College to train sleep technicians toward certification as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist. The scope of this allied health professional training may involve approximately 5-6 trainees per year.