Dr Esra Tasali
Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, University of Chicago Sleep Center, USA
Dr. Tasali is an internationally recognized expert in the field of sleep medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and the Director of UChicago Sleep Center. She has clinical training in pulmonary, sleep, and endocrinology. Her team’s research focuses on the impact of sleep on energy metabolism. Her clinical studies have significantly contributed to our understanding of mechanistic pathways linking insufficient sleep and sleep apnea to metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Over the past 15 years, she has led as the principal investigator several interdisciplinary research projects on the role of sleep in cardiometabolic function funded by the National Institute of Health. Dr. Tasali’s work has been recognized internationally and published in high-impact journals. Her most recent work in JAMA Internal Medicine showing sleep extension could be a viable intervention for the prevention or reversal of obesity has received great attention in the scientific community as well as the public around the world. She serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. She is the recipient of awards for her pioneering work and continues to serve on the National Institute of Health study sections and special emphasis panels as a reviewer. She is currently a member of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board at the National Institute of Health.