Dr. Eve Van Cauter
Professor of medicine at the University of Chicago
Director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center
“Sleep as a Pillar of Health and Wellness”
Monday, February 4
7 p.m. | Heller Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Join us for a talk with Dr. Eve Van Cauter, when she will address a hallmark of our 21st century lifestyle: insufficient, poor or mistimed sleep. As an expert in the relatively new field of sleep science, Van Cauter will discuss her research on the role sleep plays in physical, cognitive and emotional development; the intertwined issues of sleep disturbance and obesity; and the links between sleep disturbance and diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Van Cauter is a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, where she directs the Research Laboratory on Sleep, Chronobiology and Neuroendocrinology. Her current work examines the impact of decreases in sleep duration and quality on markers of health and the interaction of sleep loss with the aging process. Van Cauter’s previous research has identified sleep loss and poor sleep quality as novel risk factors for obesity and diabetes and has opened new fields of inquiry relative to the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes and the increased prevalence of age-related chronic diseases.
The Robert A. Pritzker Visiting Scientist•Inventor•Engineer in Residence program was created by a gift to Parker in honor of engineer, industrialist and philanthropist Robert A. Pritzker ’44. This program aims to expand science education opportunities at Parker and foster an ongoing dialogue among students and teachers about current issues in science. Previous speakers include Dr. Leon M. Lederman, Dr. Paul Sereno, Dr. Russell Mittermeier and Christina Mittermeier, Dr. Edward “Rocky” Kolb, Dr. Ka Yee Lee, Dr. Don Hillebrand, Dr. Matthew Tirrell, Dr. Elizabeth Gerber, Dr. Sian Beilock, Dr. Wendy Freedman and Dr. Rick Stevens.
Van Cauter has received the 2007 Gerald D. Aurbach Award of the Endocrine Society, the 2007 Outstanding Research Award of the Sleep Research Society, the 2010 Peter C. Farrell Prize in Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award of the Sleep Research Society and the 2016 Priscilla White Lectureship on Metabolism of the Joslin Diabetes Center. She is the author of more than 250 scientific publications.