The Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology (CSCB) is a University Research Center that integrates basic, clinical and translational research on sleep and circadian rhythms into a unified program at Northwestern University. The Center provides administrative support for trans-departmental and trans-school collaborative research projects. The Center Director is Fred W. Turek, PhD, with oversight by the Office for Research.

The Center has as its goals:

1) to foster research to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the generation, expression and timing of sleep and circadian rhythms;

2) to foster research to determine the consequences of sleep disruption and circadian rhythm dysfunction for human health, safety, performance and productivity;

3) to facilitate the development of treatments to alleviate the adverse effects associated with circadian dysfunctions;

4) to help educate students and the general public about circadian rhythms and sleep.

Dr. Turek's Silverstein Lecture Series, November 20, 2013

131120 Genetic Med Lecture from Center for Education in Medicine on Vimeo.



Center Mission

The Center is home to ground-breaking discoveries in the mechanisms underlying and health impact of sleep and circadian rhythms. The Center creates an environment that fosters collaborations between reserachers in different disciplines who have mutual research interests in the study of circadian rhythms and sleep. Founded in 1995 as the Center for Circadian Biology and Medicine, the Center was renamed in 2000 in recognition of the increasing emphasis on sleep research by Center Members.

Advancing Science, Advancing Medicine

Researchers at CSCB have been at the forefront not only of understanding the "clock" mechanism but of its medical relevance. Discoveries at CSCB have included:

  • Identification of the first mammalian circadian clock gene
  • Discovery of the sleep-regulatory function of clock genes
  • Demonstrating the critical role of circadian timing in obesity and metabolism
  • Elucidating a role for circadian clocks in neurodegeneration

Want to help with more breakthroughs? Support the CSCB's mission by making a tax-deductible donation here:



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