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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Peter Shiromani, PhD


        Peter Shiromani, PhD


I joined MUSC in January, 2011 after 21 years at Harvard Medical School. I also hold a full-time (8/8) appointment as a Senior Research Career Scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  All of my effort is devoted to basic neuroscience research, and to educating and training the next generation of neuroscientists.  I maintain a vibrant and highly productive research program that has been continuously funded for 25 years. My strength is that I seek out emerging technology with a potential to translate basic laboratory discoveries to the clinical level. My educational philosophy is to be passionate about my work, conduct high quality research, and teach students a skill-set that enhances their growth and development.

I have served as chairman on an NIH review committee, and continue to be a member on NIH, VA and other grant review committees.  At the VA I have been chairman of two committees – IACUC and Research Week, and also served on the R&D committee.  At the national level I am currently a member of the training committee of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.  I have also provided service to the Sleep Research Society and have served as editor of the Sleep Research Society Bulletin and the journal SLEEP. I have regularly presented my work at scientific meetings, organized and chaired symposia, and have been invited to give lectures at universities, both here and abroad. 

My goal for the next five years is to help establish a center of research excellence in sleep medicine at MUSC. Harvard, Stanford and University of Pennsylvania have established major sleep centers, and through their educational and research efforts the community and the region are served very well.  Such a sleep center is required at MUSC to serve this region.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  State that narcolepsy is a neurodegenerative sleep disorder.
2.  State that orexin neurons die in narcolepsy.
3.  Discuss how gene therapy is effective in animal models of narcolepsy.


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