Krystal elected President-Elect of the Sleep Research Society

By Nicholas Roznovsky

UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry professor and Vice Chair for Research Andrew Krystal, MD, MS, has been elected as the new President-Elect of the Sleep Research Society (SRS), a position which will place him in the group's senior leadership team for the next four years. He was selected in a vote by SRS members conducted earlier in the spring, and ratified by the group's board of directors in May.

Krystal began his one-year term as President-Elect on on June 8, following the conclusion of SLEEP 2017, the annual joint meeting held by SRS and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Next summer, he will begin a two-year term (2018-2020) as the society's 38th president. The following year (2020-2021), he will also serve as the group's immediate past president.

An internationally recognized expert in the areas of mood and sleep disorders with over 25 years of clinical and research experience to his credit, Krystal joined the faculty at UCSF last summer. Prior to that, he served as a faculty member and clinician at Duke University Medical Center for more than two decades. He is the recipient of multiple awards including the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Resident’s Scholarship, a Laughlin Fellowship from the American College of Psychiatrists, two NARSAD Young Investigator Awards, an NIMH Scientist Development Award for Clinicians, and the APA Research Mentorship Award.

SRS was founded in 1961 as an organization for scientific investigators who educate and research sleep and sleep disorders. Now consisting of more than 1,400 members, SRS serves them and the field of sleep research through training and education, and by providing forums for the collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.