Presented by: Guest Speaker Assoc Prof Elizabeth Klerman
A/Prof Elizabeth Klerman is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Physician in Medicine and Neurology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Director of the Analytic and Modeling Unit in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at the BWH.
She completed her undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MD and PhD degrees at Harvard University. Her primary areas of research are the application of circadian and sleep research principles to normal and pathophysiologic states, and mathematical analysis and modeling of human circadian, sleep, and neurobehavioral mood and performance rhythms.
Her clinical research focuses on the areas of: (i) the interaction of endocrine, circadian and sleep rhythms in normal and pathological states, and (ii) mathematical analysis and modeling of sleep, circadian system and markers of its function. She has conducted studies that combine outpatient and inpatient polysomnographic assessments of sleep and circadian rhythms on the BWH Intensive Physiologic Monitoring Unit and has collaborated with endocrinologists, gynecologists, and other investigators to apply the principles of circadian rhythms research to the study of human physiology and pathophysiology, including studies examining sleep physiology in female reproduction, investigations of sleep and circadian rhythms in blind people, changes in sleep and performance in healthy aging, the effects of chronic sleep restriction on neurobehavioral performance and alertness, and the effects of light and darkness on circadian rhythms.
Her work as Director of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorder's Analytic and Modeling Unit involves analysis, modeling and simulation of biologic systems, including systematic mathematical exploration of many aspects of sleep, circadian rhythms and performance.