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About the Speaker:
Dr. Ruth Benca received her undergraduate education at Harvard University and her MD degree and a PhD in Pathology from the University of Chicago. She completed a residency in Psychiatry and a fellowship in Sleep Medicine, also at the University of Chicago. She was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago from 1985-1993 until her move to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, where she was promoted to Professor in 1998 and served as Associate Chair of the Psychiatry Department from 1995-2006, Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research from 2006-2016 and medical director for Wisconsin Sleep. She was recruited to UCI as Chair of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in 2016 where she has established a comprehensive sleep medicine center at UCI in Newport Beach that opened in October 2018, dedicated to providing outstanding clinical care for sleep disorders throughout the region as well as promoting translational research.
Dr. Benca’s research focuses on the interface between sleep and psychiatric disorders and she has served as principal investigator for a number of basic and clinical research studies, funded by agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Her work has spanned basic research studies in animal models to clinical research studies and clinical trials in humans. She has authored over 150 articles, reviews and book chapters as well as a single-authored handbook, Sleep Disorders: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Management, published by Oxford University Press. She has served as President of the Sleep Research Society and on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She serves as Editor-in-chief of Current Sleep Medicine Reports and Insomnia Section Editor of UpToDate.