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Robert Owen, MD
Robert L. Owen, MD, ATF
Assembly Chair


Welcome to the website of the Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology (SRN). Our Assembly focuses on clinical and research questions associated with sleep, sleep-disordered breathing, respiratory sensation, control of breathing, physiologic interactions during sleep, and the pathophysiologic effects of sleep-related exposures including hypoxia, hypercapnia, respiratory effort and sleep disruption/loss. We aim to translate this knowledge into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with sleep-related and in particular, sleep-related breathing disorders.

The ATS leadership is committed to sleep and actively supports our activities to make sleep one of the three pillars of the society. SRN has a diversity of members from both, adult and pediatric—medical and dental spheres, including clinicians, researchers and educators. We also have a large and active international membership that provides unique research and clinical perspectives.

One of the greatest aspects of the assembly structure is that it fosters opportunities for members to get involved, especially for our trainees and young investigators from all around the globe, who are the future of the field! As you’ll see below, our assembly has responsibilities for overseeing programming of topics related to our expertise at the international meeting each year, for leading workshops, develop guidelines and reports for evidence-based research and clinical practice, for developing educational programs and materials, for mentoring junior professionals, networking, advocacy and importantly for international affairs, where members can get involved. We highly encourage you to reach out and volunteer your time and talents, to help advance our assembly missions! We welcome hearing from you regarding your ideas and interests!


Robert L. Owen, MD, ATSF
Assembly Chair

Overview of the Assembly

The SRN Assembly has five standing committees that help carry on the assembly’s activities and/or represent it.

Specific activities of our assembly include:

  • A Journal Club scheduled every other month where high impact publications in the field of sleep medicine are presented and discussed with the authors and leaders in the field
  • Podcasts which feature short discussions with experts on sleep topics of interests to our membership 
  • Monthly Sleep Fragments feature on our website where you can check your sleep medicine acumen
  • Programmatic content for the annual ATS International Conference related to sleep
  • The development of ATS documents related to sleep including Policy Statements, Research Statements, Workshop Reports, and Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Educational materials related to sleep, for patients as well as trainees such as pulmonary and sleep, fellows
  • Carole L. Marcus Outstanding Achievement Award that recognizes career accomplishments in the area of pediatric sleep and respiratory neurobiology
  • Lifetime Achievement Award given to honor the career of an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sleep or respiratory neurobiology, in terms of both scientific and scholarly advances as well as mentoring, teaching, and advocacy to advance public health.


Specific activities focused on young members include:

  • Supporting efforts in strengthening the young investigators’ pipeline, including the ATS ASPIRE fellowship.
  • Connecting junior clinicians and scientists with more senior members of the Assembly for remote mentoring.
  • The James B. Skatrud New Investigator Award, awarded each year to a new investigator whose career accomplishments to date show future promise of continued excellence in advancing the field.
  • A number of travel awards offered each year to the International Conference.

Interested in joining the SRN Assembly?

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Do you have any Comments, Ideas, Suggestions, or Questions for SRN?

Please contact us at We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our Assembly!