Young Investigator Awards

World Sleep Society is no longer accepting applications for Young Investigator Awards. The deadline was June 30, 2017.

The young investigator (YI) awards will be based on submitted abstracts. Contribution as symposia speaker does not have any positive or negative impact on the decision in receiving YI awards. To receive a YI award, you must submit an individual abstract.

Two tiers of Young Investigator Awards will be offered at the upcoming World Sleep 2017 congress in Prague. Abstracts must be received by June 30, 2017. To receive a Young Investigator Award, applicants MUST be 35 years old or younger OR have less than 3 years in that topic.

First Tier: Oral Presentation Awards

The Award Symposium is divided into three parts, reflecting:
(1) Sleep research in neurodegeneration
(2) Sleep research in respiratory sleep medicine.
(3) Sleep research in other areas of sleep medicine

Topic 1 – Neurodegeneration: Sleep research in neurodegeneration has become a rapidly growing field of research with major clinical and scientific impacts. REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) as a hallmark and risk factor of neurodegeneration has gained prominent recognition in the last 15 years, identifying those patients at increased risk for neurodegenerative diseases. Also, RBD is a common comorbidity of parkinsonian disorders.

Topic 2 – Respiratory Sleep Medicine: Increasing knowledge is needed to advance the important field of respiratory sleep medicine, its symptomatology, clinical assessment, (complex) comorbidities, and indications for treatment, as well as new technologies to optimize CPAP therapy and patients’ compliance

Topic 3 – Other: Insomnia, Hypersomnia, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Sleep-Related Movement Disorders, and Restless Legs Syndrome

If selected, your 10-minute oral presentation will be included in a special symposium during the congress. Symposiums will be held from Monday, October 9th through Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Complementary registration and a travel grant of up to $1,000 USD (depending on distance of travel) will be provided to symposium speakers.

Second Tier: Poster Presentation Awards

Best abstract poster of the day: four award recipients will be selected each day for all three days of the congress (Monday, October 9th through Wednesday, October 11, 2017) for a total of 12 award recipients.

Criteria: Novelty, scientific rigor, and importance of findings (clinical and/or basic science)

If your poster is selected, you will receive a monetary award of $400.00 USD.


Application Process

We invite all young researchers who are active in the field of clinical or experimental sleep research to submit their abstracts and apply for a travel grant, with the chance of being selected to present their work in a special symposium at World Sleep 2017 in Prague. Applicants not selected to participate in one of the symposiums will be eligible to receive one of the Second Tier awards for best abstract poster of the day.

STEP ONE – Submit your abstract online, indicating oral presentation or poster only.

STEP TWO – Email Angie Granum at World Sleep Society with the following information: name, age, number of years in field, title of abstract, abstract number, biosketch, and a short letter (max 200 words) explaining why you are applying for this award. Please also indicate your presentation preference of oral presentation or poster only as well as which topic (Topic 1, Topic 2 or Topic 3 as outlined above) category. All abstracts not selected for oral presentation will automatically be entered for poster presentations.

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Requirement: 35 years old or younger OR less than 3 years in that topic.

Chaired by:

Claudia Trenkwalder, MD
Professor of Neurology,
University of Göttingen (Germany)
Carlos H. Schenck, MD
Professor of Psychiatry,
University of Minnesota (USA)
Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center