OHSU’s Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET) has a new director as of April 1: Steve Shea, Ph.D. Dr. Shea comes to OHSU from Harvard University where he was an associate professor of medicine and director of the Sleep Disorders Research Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Shea’s research in sleep and circadian rhythms supports CROET’s mission to promote health of Oregon workers because of sleep’s impact on workplace accidents and overall health in shift workers. Sleep and wakefulness as it relates to work is one of CROET’s key research areas. (Ever wonder why heart attacks are more common in the morning? He studies that as well as other disorders like ‘nocturnal’ asthma.)
Dr. Shea is excited to join OHSU after 21 years at Harvard. “The faculty and staff at CROET are very accomplished are are performing excellent basic research aimed at understanding the mechanisms of disease and important field research with relevance to the workforce, as well as educational and interventional outreach into the community,” Dr. Shea said.
Dan Dorsa, Ph.D., vice president for research, is looking forward to seeing CROET move in an ever more translational direction. “Under Dr. Shea’s leadership,” he said, “The center will expand its impacts even further in promoting a healthy workforce and improving the safety of workers all across our state.
Want to learn more? Check out the OHSU News release.