The Center for Sleep provides a platform for bringing together faculty with diverse individual interests, leading to coordinated programs of cooperative investigation that enhance the overall quality of sleep and circadian research. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the research, most CSCB funding comes from center-based research and training grants from the National Institutes of Health. 

Recent studies in both humans and animal models have found that disturbances of sleep and circadian rhythmicity can have profound negative effects on metabolism, which can lead to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These new findings have profound implications for human health in general, and for the epidemic of obesity facing America today. Investigators in the CSCB are performing a wide range of studies at many levels of organization (i.e., on the genetic, molecular, physiological and behavioral levels) to better understand how the sleep-wake, circadian clock and energy metabolism systems are linked together under physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

While faculty in the CSCB have been very successful in obtaining these highly competitive grants, complete reliance on NIH funding would limit what CSCB researchers can accomplish. New research that is innovative and of potential high impact is also often high risk, something that does not lend itself well to funding through traditional grant mechanisms. Therefore, the generosity of private donors is critical to ensuring that we maintain the highest quality programs that will continue to positively impact basic discoveries and sleep health.

To learn more about supporting the center, please contact the director. You can give anonymously, or as an individual or family, and can provide unrestricted support or establish named funds directed to specific research or training initiatives.

You can also give online through Northwestern University, at Just list your gift as "Other" and write in "Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology."