The UCLA Sleep Research Program and its affiliates house internationally renowned sleep researchers who conduct basic science, clinical, and health services research. UCLA has one of the largest group of sleep researchers in the U.S, including experts in effects of sleep on brain plasticity and the hypothalamic control of sleep-wake states, neural mechanisms of upper airway muscles, narcolepsy, neuroimaging in sleep disorders, and insomnia in the geriatric population and women.
Cathy Alessi, M.D., Director of GRECC
Jennifer Martin, Ph.D.
Constance Fung, M.D., M.S.
Sleep Medicine fellows may choose to pursue additional research training through the UCLA STAR PROGRAM. The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA offers a tailored career development pathway combining research, clinical training, and formal coursework leading to one of the following degrees:
These competitive programs are designed for highly qualified applicants committed to careers in academic medicine. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for the STAR program at the time of applying for the Sleep Medicine fellowship program.
Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, the STAR fellows may take graduate level classes to prepare for thesis research. The scheduling of clinical and research activities is individualized and flexible within the guidelines of certification requirements. However, it is understood that depending on the degree program selected, STAR enrollees from the UCLA Sleep Medicine fellowship program are expected to add anywhere from 1 to 5 additional years to their fellowship training.
Supervised thesis and postdoctoral research opportunities are available within the School of Medicine Basic and Clinical Science Departments, the Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences Program, and Health Services Research Programs at UCLA and the Rand Corporation. Special compensation is available to STAR fellows including support for doctoral tuition, payment of interest on medical school loans and stipends to attend scientific conferences. The UCLA STAR Program actively seeks minority candidates.