2018 Research Conference on Sleep and the Health of Women
2018 Research Conference on Sleep and the Health of Women
October 16 - 17, 2018
Natcher Conference Center, Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium
45 Center Dr.
National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD 20894

The 2018 Research Conference on Sleep and the Health of Women is intended to sound a wakeup call throughout society about the importance of sleep for the health of women. It will showcase a decade of federally funded research advances in understanding health risks, societal burden, and treatment options associated with sleep deficiency and sleep disorders in women.

Researchers and the public will present and discuss the state of the science regarding sleep and the health of women; the limitations to implement what is already known; and the opportunities to translate scientific findings into practice and routine care. The discussion panels will engage public stakeholders to identify actionable new directions and areas in which research is needed.

The conference is the result of a collaborative partnership among the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, and the HHS Office on Women’s Health, participating members of the trans NIH Sleep Research Coordinating Committee and other Federal agencies.

Event Details


Abstracts are due by 11:59 pm EDT on Monday, September 17, 2018.

ORWH, NHLBI, and HHS/OWH invite you to submit an abstract for the poster session at the 2018 Research Conference on Sleep and the Health of Women Poster on October 16-17, 2018. The guidance is as follows:

  • The abstracts must in some way describe research that investigates sex and/or gender differences in sleep-related behaviors or disorders or that specifically addresses sleep and the health of women

  • The abstracts should be based on hypothesis-driven research and should include data and analysis. Descriptive reports will also be considered.

  • The abstracts must not have been previously published.

Abstracts submitted after September 17, 2018 will not be accepted, and abstracts that do not conform to this call (please see specific information below) will be deemed unacceptable. 

Preparing each Abstract:  Please prepare the abstract using Word (11-pt Times font, 1-inch margins), and submit it via the following format:

  • The title of the abstract should be in uppercase and lowercase letters. Please do not use all capital letters.

  • List the authors' full names (first name, middle initial and last name) and his/her affiliation directly underneath the title, using uppercase and lowercase letters.

  • Separate author names and affiliations per the example below, with the presenting author indicated by parentheses:

Joan R. Smith (presenting author)1, Bob M. Jones2, and Jane A. White1

1Department of Epidemiology, University of XYZ; and 2Imaging Center, ABC Hospital

  • Skip one line between the author affiliations and the text of your abstract.

  • Abstracts MUST contain the following headings:  Background, Objective(s), Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

  • Headings should be bold, using uppercase and lowercase letters, with one single-spaced paragraph for each heading.

  • The final abstract (body of the abstract) must be no more than 250 words (excluding the title and authors’ names and institutions).

Please submit your completed abstract to You should receive a confirmation of receipt within one week of abstract submission. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, September 26, 2018.


The conference is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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*Information collected will be used solely to create a participation roster and to invite attendees to future conferences.

*Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Marishka Brown (, 301-435-0199) and/or the Federal Relay (1.800.877.8339).


National Institutes of Health

9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • Office of Research On Women's Health (ORWH)
  • HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH)