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Frank AJL Scheer

Frank A.J.L. Scheer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Associate Director of the Medical Chronobiology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Major Experience

Dr. Scheer received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Amsterdam for his work on the regulation of the cardiovascular system by the circadian pacemaker at the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research (NIBR) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2003. He received his postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Drs. Charles A. Czeisler and Steven A. Shea at the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Frank A.J.L. Scheer is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Associate Director of the Medical Chronobiology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Since 2005 Dr. Scheer has been a faculty member and an independent Principal Investigator at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and he is currently the Principal Investigator on several National Institutes of Health grants in the USA.

Dr. Scheer is the Founding Chair of the Communications Committee of the international Society for Research on Biological Rhythms and is on the Editorial Board of several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Circadian Rhythms, the World Journal of Diabetes, the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, and the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Scheer has peer-reviewed grants internationally, including for the Medical Research Council in England, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Canada and the National Institutes of Health in the USA.

Achievements & Awards

Dr. Scheer has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Pickwick Postdoctoral Fellowship by the National Sleep Foundation (2005), the Young Investigator Neurology Section Award by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2005), the European Sleep Research Society Alliance Chronosleep Award (2006), the Young Investigator Award by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2007), and the 1st Place Clinical Research Young Investigator Award by the National Sleep Foundation and the Sleep Research Society (2008), and the Neal Miller Award by the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (2009).

Research Interests

Dr. Scheer is primarily interested in medical chronobiology, including the underlying physiological mechanisms and therapeutic strategies.  His work focuses on circadian and behavioral influences on cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic regulation and disease. Furthermore, he is interested in fundamental properties of the human circadian timing system, including effects of light and melatonin.