A distinguished professor and veteran sleep researcher with over 30 years of experience takes the helm of the Sleep Research Society.


Summary: Daniel Buysse, MD, has been appointed president of the Sleep Research Society board of directors. With over 30 years of experience in sleep and circadian science, Buysse will lead the Sleep Research Society in advancing sleep research and fostering collaborations with key stakeholders. He is recognized for his contributions to developing sleep measurement tools, behavioral treatments for insomnia, and his commitment to mentoring the next generation of sleep researchers. Buysse has received several prestigious awards and currently serves as a distinguished professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leadership Role: Daniel Buysse, MD, has become the president of the Sleep Research Society, bringing extensive experience in sleep and circadian science.
  • Research Contributions: Buysse is known for playing a key role in the development of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and a brief behavioral treatment for insomnia.
  • Recognition and Awards: Buysse has been honored with several awards, including the Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award from the Sleep Research Society and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Daniel Buysse, MD, became the president of the Sleep Research Society board of directors, placing him at the helm of the organization for investigators in the fields of sleep and circadian science. 

As president, Buysse will guide the organization in its mission to advance sleep and circadian science to cultivate knowledge and optimize health and well-being. Throughout his two-year term, Buysse will collaborate with numerous stakeholders—including Sleep Research Society members, the National Institutes of Health and other federal funding agencies, other scientific and medical societies, and policymakers—to foster scientific investigation in all areas of sleep.

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“I’m honored to lead the [Sleep Research Society], an organization that has helped to shape sleep research for over 60 years,” says Buysse in a release. “This is an exciting time for sleep research. Discoveries in basic science are helping us to understand how sleep and rhythms work, and how they affect every aspect of health. At the same time, we are learning how to apply that knowledge to new treatments, new ways of delivering those treatments, and policy changes that improve everyone’s health. I am also excited to see progress being made in understanding and reducing sleep health disparities.”

Research and Contributions

Buysse has more than 30 years of experience conducting clinical and translational research in sleep and circadian science, and he has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 50 federally funded research grants. 

His research addresses the development of sleep measurement tools and behavioral treatments; the assessment and treatment of insomnia; and how multidimensional sleep and circadian health affects physical, mental, and cognitive outcomes. 

He played a key role in the creation of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the development of brief behavioral treatment for insomnia. He is a recipient of the Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award from the Sleep Research Societies and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). He is also a past president of the AASM.

Commitment to Mentorship and Education

Buysse is committed to training scientists and clinicians, and he has a long record of teaching and mentoring. He has mentored 24 post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty, 14 of whom as the primary research mentor. He also has mentored 18 undergraduate or medical students.

“I’m proud to lead the [Sleep Research Society] in representing the interests of sleep and circadian investigators at all career levels and across the entire research spectrum,” he says in a release. “I am particularly interested in developing the next generation of sleep researchers. It’s also critical that our field intentionally enhances diversity among its members and addresses sleep health disparities in the population.”

Academic and Professional Background

Currently, Buysse serves as distinguished professor of psychiatry, medicine, and clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, and he completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Buysse assumed the role in Houston at the conclusion of SLEEP 2024, the 38th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

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