AASM to Honor 2022 Research Trainee Award

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine will recognize the 2022 Research Trainee Award recipient, Dr. Catherine Heinzinger, at the AASM Annual Membership Meeting, to be held June 6 in conjunction with SLEEP 2022. Three individuals will receive a honorable mention.

The awards program is open to AASM student, postdoctoral, and resident members who present an abstract at the SLEEP meeting. Each applicant’s abstract was blinded and reviewed by the AASM Education Committee, and abstracts with the highest scores were selected for recognition. The 2022 recipients were determined from 48 applicants.

The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and a $500 prize will be awarded to each of the honorable mention recipients. Their abstracts are available in the SLEEP 2022 summary supplement. SLEEP 2022, the 36th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 4-8.

Dr. Catherine Heinzinger is a Registered Clinical Practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Sleep Disorders Center, a Supporting Multidisciplinary Achievement in Respiratory Research Training (SMARRT) T32 Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic, and a Masters student in the clinical research researchers. at Case Western Reserve University. She is certified in family medicine and sleep medicine. Heinzinger’s research interests focus on the electrophysiological and cardiovascular consequences of the pathophysiology of dysfunctional sleep. Under the direction of Dr. Reena Mehra, she is investigating the longitudinal relationships between sleep-disordered breathing and disrupted sleep architecture with incident atrial fibrillation and stroke. His next steps in career development are to continue his courses in biostatistics and epidemiology, increase his number of publications and obtain independent funding.

Honorable Mentions

Katie Cederberg, Ph.D.
Stanford University
“Proteomic approach to understand the mechanisms of periodic limb movements and restless leg syndrome”

Katie Cederberg holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Science and is currently a T32 Fellow at Stanford University’s Mignot Laboratory. His main research interests are in studying the effectiveness and efficacy of exercise in managing the symptoms of restless legs syndrome and co-occurring sleep disturbances. Her long-term goal is to identify the appropriate exercise stimulus to maximize the benefits of exercise and to develop normative exercise metrics specifically for RLS symptom management.

H. Matthew Lehrer, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
“Comparison of sleep and homeostatic sleep drive between night retirees and day retirees”

H. Matthew Lehrer holds a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education, Nutritional Sciences, and Quantitative Methods and recently completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh in the T32 Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine program. . He is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry and studies the consequences of long-term sleep and circadian disturbances on biological and cognitive aging. Lehrer’s work is supported by an NIA Career Development Award to study brain bioenergetics and Alzheimer’s disease-related neurodegeneration and cognitive function in retired night shift workers.

Greg Roussett, Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco
“Does discrimination moderate the relationship between insomnia and telomere length in older adults of three racial/ethnic groups?”

Greg Roussett is completing a doctorate in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on environmental social determinants by examining the effects of stigma and discrimination on sleep and health outcomes. He is also investigating biopsychosocial factors that influence treatment response to cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. Roussett is also a psychiatric nurse practitioner and provides general psychiatric services to adults, providing evidence-based pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.

Learn more about SLEEP 2022 at www.sleepmeeting.org.


For more information or to arrange an interview with an AASM awardee or spokesperson, please contact AASM at 630-737-9700 or [email protected] Photos of the winners are available upon request.

About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Founded in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) advances sleep care and improves sleep health to improve lives. The AASM has 11,000 accredited sleep centers and individual members, including doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals (aasm.org).

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