As part of the University of Michigan, the Center for Sleep Science's educational mission is to train a new, interdisciplinary generation of sleep researchers.
The Center will be establishing a post-doctoral training program
for MD or PhD holders. Additionally, a Sleep Science Graduate
Training Program will be created, and as the first such program
in the country, will attract some of the brightest minds dedicated
to sleep research, to be educated by some of the broadest, most
cohesive sleep research facilities in the nation.
Many of the faculty members participate in the only undergraduate level course of sleep at the University of Michigan entitled "Sleep: Neurobiology, Medicine, and Society." The goal of this sleep course is to provide students the most up-to-date information on the biological, personal, and societal relevance of sleep.
In addition to educating UM sleep faculty, the Center will also provide an opportunity for sleep faculty to interact with government and community outreach programs. Given the impact that sleep disorders have on society, dialogue between sleep specialists and the public is crucial. For example, faculty at the Center could work to implement national and state driving safety programs. Local schools could be encouraged to adopt NIH-generated sleep education modules. Currently, Sweet Dreamzzz works to combat the effects of sleep-deprivation on urban school children.