The Michael S. Aldrich Collegiate Professorship in Sleep Medicine
|Interim Dean James Woolliscroft and Ronald Chervin
Photo: Martin Vloet
Professor of Neurology Ronald D. Chervin, M.D., who directs the U-M Sleep Disorders Center and the Michael S. Aldrich Sleep Disorders Laboratory, became the first Michael S. Aldrich Collegiate Professor of Sleep Medicine at a November 15, 2006, ceremony in the Ford Amphitheatre in University Hospital.
Director of the U-M Sleep Disorders Center since 2000, Chervin has contributed to research on snoring, sleepiness, insomnia, and associated problems with cognition and behavior. He and his colleagues are recognized for pioneering work on the evaluation of children for sleep-disordered breathing, the role of childhood sleep disorders in attention deficit and hyperactivity, and the mechanisms by which sleep apnea affects the brain.
Prior to his death in 2000, Michael S. Aldrich, a professor of neurology and founder of the Sleep Disorders Center, made seminal contributions to the development of a new medical field that has grown to have substantial public health impact. Widely known for his work on narcolepsy, he established the Sleep Disorders Center in the Department of Neurology in 1985, when sleep disorders were mainly the province of psychiatrists.
Many donors contributed to the establishment of the Aldrich Professorship, including Michael Aldrich’s parents, C. Knight Aldrich, M.D., and Julie Aldrich. In addition, two companies were instrumental in its creation: Respironics Inc. — through its Respironics Sleep and Respiratory Research Foundation — and Sepracor Inc.
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