Thomas J. Balkin, PhD, Named Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, July 21, 2009 — Thomas J. Balkin, PhD has been named chairman of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Dr. Balkin is Chief of the Department of Behavioral Biology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He received his PhD in experimental psychology at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Balkin is NSF's 8th chair of the Board.

"The National Sleep Foundation has been fortunate in its ability to attract leading sleep scientists to volunteer their expertise," said David M. Cloud, NSF's Chief Executive Officer.  "Dr. Balkin is internationally recognized for his research on sleep and its impact on human performance. His efforts have been invaluable to the U.S. Military, the Department of Transportation, and NASA, and we're greatly honored that he has accepted a leading role with the Foundation."

"I'm both thrilled and honored to accept this position," said Dr. Balkin, "and I look forward to helping to advance the NSF's critical mission to improve sleep health and safety in the USA.  The NSF has an outstanding staff, exceptionally talented board members, and a distinguished 'individual' and 'sleep center' membership.  I anticipate that, together, we will make great strides over the next two years."

About the National Sleep Foundation

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving sleep health and safety. NSF furthers its mission through sleep-related education, research, and advocacy initiatives. NSF's membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine as well as other professionals in the health, medical and science fields, individuals, patients, people affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities throughout North America. For more information, visit