4th Annual University of Colorado

Sleep and Circadian Summer School

July 30-Aug 4, 2023

Supported by NIH/NHLBI T32 “Transdisciplinary Training in Sleep and Circadian Rhythms”, NIH/NINDS R25 "Multi-Institutional Summer Undergraduate Research Program to Promote Diversity and Excellence in Sleep and Circadian Research Careers", College of Arts and Sciences and the Vice Chancellor for Research, and the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder

Organizing committee:  Sidney Aki, Nathan Anderson, Dr. Rebecca Cox, Dr. Lamya’a Dawud, Dr. Elizabeth Jin, Catherine Lowry, Shelby Stowe, Helen Strnad, Jhair Torres, Prof. Kenneth P. Wright Jr

The 4th Annual Colorado Sleep and Circadian Summer School will be hybrid.  Approximately 50 trainees will be selected to attend the summer school in person and have access to the full program. Some educational offerings will also be made available virtual.

The 4th Annual Colorado Sleep and Circadian Summer School is free (i.e., there is no registration fee).  Trainees and/or their mentors are responsible for travel to and from Boulder as well as hotel and food.

The educational program will include morning lectures, afternoon workshops, networking sessions, and early evening professional development sessions.

The educational program is provided by Colorado faculty and visiting faculty.

In Person Visiting Professors and Plenary Lectures 

  • Carla B. Green, PhD - Professor and Distinguished Scholar in Neuroscience - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

  • Dayna Johnson PhD, MPH, MSW, MS - Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology Rollins School of Public Health - Emory University

  • Joseph S. Takahashi, PhD - Loyd B. Sands Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

  • Gianluca Tosini, PhD - Chief Scientific Officer, Professor and Chair in Pharmacology & Toxicology - Morehouse School of Medicine

Including educational and professional development sessions provided by some of the faculty from the Colorado T32 program



Application for the in person summer school is open now and trainees will be admitted on rolling basis. Application  - submit to kenneth.wright@colorado.edu


Register for the virtual summer school here:  REGISTRATION 




Monday 31st July

Morning session             Introductory lectures

0845 – 0900       Ken Wright - Introduction to the school

0900 – 1015       Ken Wright – Historical aspects of sleep and circadian rhythms

1015 – 1045       Coffee break

1045 – 1200       Mark Opp - What is sleep?

Afternoon session          Introductory Plenary’s

1330 – 1445       Carla Green – Circadian Control of Metabolism

1445 – 1515       Coffee break

1515 – 1630       Dayna Johnson – Sleep and health disparities

Tuesday 1st Aug

Morning session             Midweek Plenary

            0900 – 1015       Joseph Takahashi – Aging and health span effects of circadian timed caloric restriction and time restricted feeding

            1015 – 1045       Coffee break

1045 – 1200       John Harsh – Exogenous melatonin


Wednesday 2nd Aug

Morning session             Midweek Plenary

0900 – 1015       Gianluca Tosini – Retinal circadian clock and photoreception

1015 – 1045       Coffee break

1045 – 1200       Seth Creasy – Time of day effects of physical activity


Thursday Aug 3rd

Morning session             Lectures

0900 - 1015        Ken Wright - Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and the Microbiome

1015 – 1045       Coffee break

1045 – 1200       Rebecca Cox – Sleep and circadian rhythm interventions for mental health


Friday Aug 4th

Morning session             Lectures

0845 - 1000        Josiane Broussard – Circadian Misalignment and Metabolism

1000 – 1030       Coffee break

1030 – 1145       Amy Amara – Sleep and Movement Disorders

Afternoon session         

           1300 – 1700       NIH R25 Sleep and Circadian Scholar Presentations