CSS/CSCN Trainee Task Force

WHO ARE WE?

The Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) and the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN) Trainee* Task Force is a joint effort sponsored by both organizations with the goal of developing opportunities and tools for trainees in the field of sleep, sleep disorder medicine and circadian rhythm.

*Trainee=Student, Resident or Post-doc

WHY A TRAINEE TASK FORCE?

  • Sleep research trainees will lead the sleep field in the future so it is important to invest in them
  • To avoid a duplication of efforts between CSS and CSCN
  • To create and organize activities for trainees in the field of sleep
  • To improve networking across Canada
  • To improve accessibility to important information
  • To improve accessibility to continuing training that will help trainees in different aspects
  • To participate in knowledge translation and activities to raise sleep awareness in the public

WHAT ARE THE ONGOING PROJECTS?

  • Organizing activities (including fundraising, call for project for trainees, media pitch, free webinar for the public, etc…) for the World Sleep Day on March 19th, 2021 to raise public awareness for healthy sleep practices.
  • Creating a map for the CSS website that will help prospective trainees identifying potential academic opportunities across Canada (i.e. find mentors or sleep research-related laboratories). Moreover, this tool will help both trainees and current sleep researchers search for collaborators with particular research expertise.
  • Invest in knowledge translation and content development for the “Sleep on it” campaign (Website, Social media).
  • Develop a research corner to provide trainees and other professionals with tips on specific research techniques.
  • Set-up academic (scientific) publication workshops to provide useful information for trainees. The next workshop will be at the trainee day on Oct 28th, 2021 during the CSS congress (stay tuned).
  • Provide opportunities for trainees of the CSS/CSCN Trainee Task Force to give seminars about sleep to the public.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Survey sent to trainees across Canada to inquire what they need (Fall 2020).

Strong implications in the Sleep on it campaign (Knowledge translation and content development) (Spring/Summer/Fall 2020-ongoing).

Move for Sleep Challenge 2021

“Move for Sleep” Challenge – More information here

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF JOINING THE CSS/CSCC TRAINEE TASK FORCE?

  • Network with trainees and other professionals in the field of sleep
  • Work with trainees with different experiences and backgrounds
  • Improve your ability to work in a team
  • Develop your creativity and leadership skills
  • Improve your multitasking skills
  • Improve your knowledge
  • Improve your organizational skills
  • Have a new experience on your CV
  • Be acknowledged for your work
  • And more…

So, do you want to join our dynamic and enthusiastic group?
It’s easy!

CURRENT TEAM (BY ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Neus Ballester Roig
Neus Ballester Roig
PhD candidate in Neuroscience
Université de Montréal, Québec
Research interest: Synaptic molecules in sleep/circadian physiology
Task Force: Fall 2020-present


Catherine Bourguinat, PhD, MPH
Executive Director Sleep on it Campaign and Canadian Sleep Society
Task Force: Spring 2020-present

Karianne Dion
Karianne Dion
MA-PhD candidate in Clinical psychology
University of Ottawa, Ontario
Research interest: Insomnia, CBT-I, depression, PTSD, ECG
Task Force: Fall 2020-present

Narges Kalantari
Narges Kalantari
PhD candidate in Psychology- cognitive neuroscience
Université de Montréal, Québec
Research interest: sleep, sleep disorders, traumatic brain injury
Task Force: Winter 2021-present

Florence Lambert-Beaudet
Florence Lambert-Beaudet
PhD candidate in Psychology
Laval University, Québec
Research interest: Neurofeedback, Sleep disturbances in Post-Traumatic Stress disorder
Task Force: Fall 2020-present

Véronique Latreille, PhD
Véronique Latreille, PhD
Postdoc
McGill University, Québec
Research interest: Sleep, memory and epilepsy
Task Force: Fall 2020-present

Anthony Levasseur
Anthony Levasseur
Bachelor candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience
Université de Montréal, Québec
Research interest: sleep health, dreams
Task Force: Winter 2021-present

Xavier-Michaud
Xavier Michaud
Bachelor candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience
Université de Montréal, Québec
Research interest: sleep health, sleep and stress
Task Force: Fall 2020-present

Claudia Picard-Deland
Claudia Picard-Deland
PhD candidate in Neuroscience – Neuropsychology
Université de Montréal, Québec
Research interest: Dreams, memory consolidation, EEG
Task Force: Spring 2020-present

Sara Pintwala
Sara Pintwala
PhD candidate in Cell and Systems Biology
University of Toronto, Ontario
Research interest: Narcolepsy, behaviour, cell transplants
Task Force: Summer 2020-present

Brooke Shafer
Brooke Shafer
PhD candidate in Kinesiology
UBC-Okanagan, British Columbia
Research interest: Intermittent hypoxia, OSA-induced hypertension
Task Force: Fall 2020-present

Guido Simonelli, MD
Guido Simonelli, MD
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Medicine
Université de Montréal, Québec
Research interest: Sleep health, sleep and human performance, sleep disparities
Task Force: Summer 2020-present

Nicholas van den Berg
Nicholas van den Berg
PhD candidate in Experimental Psychology – Neuroscience
University of Ottawa, Ontario
Research interest: Sleep and memory consolidation, fMRI, EEG
Task Force: Summer 2020-present

Willie Yao
Willie Yao
PhD candidate/Integrated Program in Neuroscience
McGill University, Québec
Research program: Dream Enactment Behavior, Sleep Behavior Disorder
Task Force: Summer 2020-present