Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

Led by world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison, conducts rigorous scientific research on healthy qualities of mind such as kindness, compassion, forgiveness and mindfulness.

Perhaps best known for studying emotion and the brain, the Center has significantly expanded its portfolio of research projects in recent years to explore a wide range of ideas, from the impact of a kindness curriculum in schools to the effectiveness of yoga and breathing exercises in reducing the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in military veterans.

It is pioneering a number of cutting-edge endeavors, such as designing digital games to foster pro-social behavior in middle school aged kids and unlocking the ability to influence the expression of our genes – through our minds.

For more information about the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds please visit www.investigatinghealthyminds.org

Waisman Center

The Waisman Center

Waisman Center staff and students serve the state through education, research studies, outreach, and clinical services to advance knowledge of human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. Biomedical and behavioral research fosters an interdisciplinary culture representing 25 different university departments, including neuroscience, pediatrics, social work, human development and family studies, communicative disorders, and educational psychology.

For more information about the Waisman Center please visit www.waisman.wisc.edu

The Center for Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research

The Waisman Center

In recognition of the excellence and breadth of sleep research at the UW, the Center for Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research was established in 2008, making it one of the first independent academic sleep centers in the US. The Sleep Center includes a large clinical program (Wisconsin Sleep), directed by Ruth Benca, M.D., that services more than 7000 patients a year in clinic and in the sleep laboratory. In addition, the center is home to a broadly multidisciplinary clinical and research group comprised of faculty from Comparative Biosciences, Medicine, Neurology, Nursing, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Population Health, and Psychiatry.

For more information about The Center for Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research please visit http://www.uwsleepcenter.org

The Center for Sleep and Consciousness

The Center for Sleep and Consciousness , directed by Giulio Tononi, M.D., Ph.D., and Chiara Cirelli, M.D., Ph.D. focuses on two The Waisman Centerneurobiological problems – the mechanisms and functions of sleep and the neural substrates of consciousness. The faculty and staff working within these two centers collaborate continuously to understand the role of sleep in health and disease, foster interdisciplinary basic and clinical research, and ultimately influence areas of public policy relevant to sleep health.

For more information about the The Center for Sleep and Consciousness please visit tononi.psychiatry.wisc.edu/index.php

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