A researcher with four decades of work in sleep and circadian rhythms has received the National Sleep Foundation’s highest honor.


Summary: The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has awarded Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, its Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to sleep health research, particularly in sleep and circadian rhythms in older adults. Vitiello, professor emeritus at the University of Washington, has a distinguished career marked by leadership roles in various sleep and health organizations and an extensive body of research with over 600 publications.

Key Takeaways:

  • Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, received the National Sleep Foundation’s highest honor for his leadership and contributions to the field of sleep health.
  • Vitiello has authored over 600 scientific articles and has been a prominent researcher in sleep and aging for more than 40 years, with his work cited over 35,000 times.
  • Vitiello has held numerous prestigious positions, including chair of the NIH sleep disorders advisory board, president of the Sleep Research Society, and editor-in-chief of Sleep Medicine Reviews, demonstrating his extensive involvement and influence in the field.

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) announced that Michael V. Vitiello, PhD, has received its Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Michael V. Vitiello, PhD

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the organization’s highest honor, recognizing an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in the field of sleep health. The award celebrates the recipient’s connection to NSF’s non-profit, public health mission through their professional contributions to the field and to the work of the organization.

“NSF is honored to present Dr Vitiello with our Lifetime Achievement Award. His work as a researcher in sleep and circadian rhythms in older adults has been pivotal in the field,” says Temitayo Oyegbile-Chidi, board chair of the National Sleep Foundation, in a release.

Leadership and Service in the Field of Sleep Health

Vitiello is professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington, a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and a fellow (health sciences) of the Gerontological Society of America. 

He has previously served as chair of the National Institutes of Health’s sleep disorders advisory board, president of the Sleep Research Society, and scientific program chair of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. He has served on numerous committees and advisory boards, including serving on the board of the National Sleep Foundation (2004-2009). He is also editor-in-chief of Sleep Medicine Reviews and has served as an editorial board member of numerous other scientific journals.

Vitiello was a member of numerous NSF consensus panels including NSF’s landmark 2015 Sleep Duration Guidelines and 2016 Sleep Quality Recommendations as well as panels on Sleep Timing and Variability and NSF’s validated Sleep Satisfaction Tool

Current Roles and Contributions

Vitiello currently chairs the National Sleep Foundation’s population health and methodology committee and recently was a panelist at the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep and Aging Conference. 

Vitiello has researched the science of sleep and aging for more than 40 years and is the author of 600-plus scientific articles, reviews, chapters, editorials, and abstracts, with his work being cited more than 35,000 times. 

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