Altered Sleep Schedules and Disease Risk

Dr. Orfeu Buxton of Harvard University spoke at CROET (OHSU) on “Causes and Consequences of Sleep Deficiency: Clinical and Workforce Impacts“ on Tuesday, April 17 (pictured below).

Orfeu Buxton 4-17-12 seminar

Dr. Buxton’s research, published last week in Science Translational Medicine, showed that adults with extended sleep disruption – such as occurs in shift work – could be at an increased risk of obesity and diabetes.

The picture below shows Dr. Buxton (right) speaking with Dr. Kerry Kuehl of the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center at OHSU, during the Associated Press (Rick Bowmer on the left) interview of Orfeu about his sleep research .

Dr. Buxton’s research primarily focuses on 1) the causes of chronic sleep deficiency in the workplace, home, and society, and 2) the health consequences of chronic sleep deficiency, especially cardiometabolic outcomes, and the physiologic and social mechanisms by which these outcomes arise. Successful aging is a central focus of this work. Ongoing interdisciplinary human studies involve sleep loss, aging, and insomnia, as well as health disparities.

Click to learn more about Dr. Buxton.

Dr. Buxton spoke at the invitation of the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center and CROET. The Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center, a NIOSH Center of Excellence, is a collaboration of Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University, Kaiser Center for Sleep Research, and the University of Oregon.

Dr. Orfeu Buxton at CROET at OHSU

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W. Kent Anger, PhD, is a Senior Scientist and Associate Director for Applied Research at OHSU's Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology. Kent is also the Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, a NIOSH Center of Excellence in TWH.

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