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Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology

Advancing Science, Advancing Medicine

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What We Do

The Center is home to ground-breaking discoveries in the mechanisms underlying and health impact of sleep and circadian rhythms. The Center creates an environment that fosters collaborations between reserachers in different disciplines who have mutual research interests in the study of circadian rhythms and sleep. Founded in 1995 as the Center for Circadian Biology and Medicine, the Center was renamed in 2000 in recognition of the increasing emphasis on sleep research by Center Members.




The Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology (CSCB) is a University Research Center that integrates basic, clinical, and translational research on sleep and circadian rhythms into a unified program at Northwestern University.

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Researchers at the Center for Sleep & Circadian Biology have been at the forefront not only of understanding the “clock” mechanism but of its medical relevance.

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The Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology has, since its founding, been home to ground-breaking scientific discoveries.

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NASA Twins Study Shows How Astronaut’s Body Changed Over a Year in Space

A groundbreaking study involving researchers from Northwestern University concluded that human health can be “mostly sustained” for a year in space, a key finding that figures to help NASA with its mission of sending humans to Mars within two decades.