Michael J. Twery Ph.D.
Michael J. Twery, Ph.D., is the director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Division of Lung Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Twery has led the NIH’s sleep and respiratory neurobiology scientific research group since 1996, and has served as director of the NCSDR since January 2006. In these roles, Dr. Twery oversees the support of research and research training related to sleep disordered breathing, the fundamental functions of sleep and circadian rhythms, and sleep disorder epidemiology and clinical trials. The NCSDR also stewards several forums that facilitate the coordination of sleep research across the NIH, other federal agencies and outside organizations, including the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board and a Trans-NIH Sleep Research Coordinating Committee.
Dr. Twery served as the program officer for the Sleep Academic Award program, the Specialized Centers of Research on sleep neurobiology effort, and initiatives to study the link between sleep disorders and short sleep duration with cardiovascular disease risk factors such as the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and obesity.
Prior to joining the NHLBI, Dr. Twery was a member of the research faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and for six years was a senior staff fellow at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Dr. Twery received his Doctor of Philosophy training in pharmacology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research activities included neurophysiological and neuropharmacological studies of limbic and basal ganglia neuronal pathways.
Areas of expertise: sleep and sleep disorders research.
Twery In the News
Children with sleep apnea syndrome who have their tonsils and adenoids removed sleep better, are less restless and impulsive, and report a generally better quality of life, finds a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. However, the study found cognitive abilities did not improve compared with children who did not have surgery, and researchers say the findings don’t mean surgery is an automatic first choice.
With so many demands on our time, we often sacrifice sleep to fit everything into our days. But sleep affects both mental and physical health, and lack of sleep can have serious consequences. “Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies,” says Dr. Michael Twery, a sleep expert at NIH. “It affects growth and stress hormones, our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health.”
Dr. Emmanuel Mignot talks about advances in narcolepsy research and care10/07/2014
Dr. Michael Twery, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research in the NHLBI's Division of Lung Diseases, interviews Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine and the Stanford Center for Narcolepsy, about advances in narcolepsy research.
An NHLBI grantee, Dr. Mignot is credited with discovering the cause of narcolepsy—a disorder that causes periods of extreme daytime sleepiness. There is no known cure, but the NHLBI is committed to supporting research to better understand, treat, and even prevent or cure narcolepsy as well as other heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.