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Reena Mehra, MD
Reena Mehra, MD
Assembly Chair

Welcome to the website of the Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology (SRN). Our Assembly focuses on clinical, scientific, and educational initiatives centered on sleep disorders and sleep disordered breathing with encompassing (but not limited to) sleep-related respiratory sensation, control of breathing, physiologic interactions during sleep, and the pathophysiologic effects of sleep-related pathophysiology including hypoxia, hypercapnia, respiratory effort, and sleep disruption/loss.

The ATS leadership is committed to the field of sleep medicine and actively supports our activities as one of the three pillars of the society. As is inherent to the multi- and inter-disciplinary nature of sleep medicine, the SRN Assembly has a range of members from both, adult and pediatric—medical, nursing, and dental spheres, including clinicians, scientists, and educators. We also have a large and active international membership that provides unique and enriching diversity of perspective thus facilitating our continued growth.

One of the greatest strengths of the assembly structure is that it fosters opportunities for members to get involved, especially for our trainees and young investigators from all around the globe, who are the future of the field! As you’ll see below, our assembly has responsibilities for overseeing programming of topics leveraging and highlighting our expertise at the international meeting each year, leading workshops, developing guidelines and reports for evidence-based research and clinical practice, creating educational programs and materials, and mentoring early career professionals. We prioritize networking, advocacy, and importantly international affairs to promote engagement of our members. We highly encourage you to reach out and volunteer your time and talents, to help advance our assembly missions! We welcome hearing from you regarding your ideas and interests!


Reena Mehra, MD
Assembly Chair

Overview of the Assembly

The SRN Assembly has five standing committees that help carry on the assembly’s activities and/or represent it.

Specific activities of our assembly include:

  • A Journal Club scheduled every other month where high impact publications in the field of sleep medicine are presented and discussed with the authors and leaders in the field
  • Podcasts which feature short discussions with experts on sleep topics of interests to our membership 
  • Monthly Sleep Fragments feature on our website where you can check your sleep medicine acumen
  • Programmatic content for the annual ATS International Conference related to sleep
  • The development of ATS documents related to sleep including Policy Statements, Research Statements, Workshop Reports, and Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Educational materials related to sleep, for patients as well as trainees such as pulmonary and sleep, fellows
  • Carole L. Marcus Outstanding Achievement Award that recognizes career accomplishments in the area of pediatric sleep and respiratory neurobiology
  • Lifetime Achievement Award given to honor the career of an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sleep or respiratory neurobiology, in terms of both scientific and scholarly advances as well as mentoring, teaching, and advocacy to advance public health.


Specific activities focused on young members include:

  • Supporting efforts in strengthening the young investigators’ pipeline, including the ATS ASPIRE fellowship.
  • Connecting junior clinicians and scientists with more senior members of the Assembly for remote mentoring.
  • The James B. Skatrud New Investigator Award, awarded each year to a new investigator whose career accomplishments to date show future promise of continued excellence in advancing the field.
  • A number of travel awards offered each year to the International Conference.

Interested in joining the SRN Assembly?

Update your member record today.

Do you have any Comments, Ideas, Suggestions, or Questions for SRN?

Please contact us at srn@thoracic.org. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our Assembly!