Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine

Director's Message

Welcome to the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine (CCSM) website. Our center’s mission is to translate basic circadian and sleep science into clinical practice in order to improve overall health outcomes.

Conducting Collaborative Research

The nature of our work is collaborative because sleep has such a broad impact on health. Sleep and the body’s internal time keeping system, circadian rhythms, play a role on par with exercise and nutrition in maintaining health. Over the past several decades, an increasing amount of evidence has accumulated that demonstrates disturbed or inadequate sleep independently or coupled with disturbed circadian timing have been linked to increased prevalence of disease and disorders including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and mental illness.

We work with multiple Northwestern Medicine specialists to understand the unique issues within those medical specialties – and build on the many breakthroughs in basic circadian rhythms research here at Northwestern – to pioneer new treatments for diseases and disorders that can be traced to disruption of the body’s internal clock and to improve current treatments by using the body’s internal clock to maximize efficacy.

Educating Future Leaders and Our Community

We are committed to training of the next generation of skilled physician scientists in the field of sleep medicine. Sleep fellows – through the Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology – attend regular research meetings and are participate in our clinical research. We also offer opportunities to neurology residents and students within Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience (NUIN) PhD Program.

We also look to expand our community education offerings to include seminars and other avenues to show the link between sleep and circadian rhythm and the impact of both on health.

We welcome inquiries and potential collaborations. Please contact us for more information.

Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD

Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine, Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor of Neurology