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Donald L. Bliwise, MD, PhD

Introduction to Prof. Bliwise:

Donald L. Bliwise is Professor of Neurology, and the Director of Program in Sleep, Aging and Chronobiology at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, (USA). Due to his many years of research and practice in the field of sleep research, we invited him to be Associate Editor of the Nocturia Resource Centre.

His research interests focus on the pathophysiology  of sleep disorders, particularly on disturbed sleep in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Most importantly, matching the objectives of this Resource Centre, is his interest in sleep disorders and the relationships with major syndromes, including nocturia, falls, frailty, incontinence, renal disease and agitation.

We are sure that the contribution of Prof. Bliwise as Associate Editor of The Nocturia Resource Centre will help to extend the knowledge about nocturia and sleep disorders, allowing us to better understand some of the most relevant mechanisms underlying this troublesome symptom. 

You can read Professor Bliwise's editorial about sleep medicine and nocturia here. 


Dr. Bliwise is currently a Professor of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), where he also holds secondary appointments as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Nursing in the Hodgson School of Nursing. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Chicago and from 1982-1992 he trained in the sleep program at Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1992 he moved to Emory University, where he joined the faculty as Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and became tenured Full Professor in 2001. 

He has published over 225 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, 50 book chapters, 40 letters and editorials and over 250 abstracts. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-investigator on grants from a variety of United States National Institutes of Health Institutes including NINDS, NIA, NCCAM, NIMH, NIDDK, NINR and NIMHD, as well as the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Service commitments include Deputy Editor of SLEEP and Editorial Board of Sleep Medicine.Dr. Bliwise has served on over 100 Scientific Review Groups for grant applications from the National Institutes of Health, including 8 years of standing Study Section membership. He has reviewed manuscripts for over 75 different professional journals. He has served on the Emory University Institutional Review Board and currently represents Emory in the Sleep Research Network of the US network of CTSAs. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 

His general area of research has been the description, elucidation of pathophysiology, and treatment of sleep disorders in the aged humans, with a special focus on sleep in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. His research approaches include observational, population-based studies, descriptive, laboratory-based research and randomized clinical trials. 

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