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Thomas J. Balkin, PhD, is Chief of the Department of Behavioral Biology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). He is also a Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine; a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; and a member of the Sleep Research Society and the European Sleep Research Society. Dr. Balkin obtained his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Bowling Green State University. With collaborators from the NIH and WRAIR, he has conducted and published studies of functional brain imaging during sleep and wakefulness, sleep and performance, the psychopharmacology of sleep-inducing and stimulant medications, and sleep deprivation. He has more than 85 peer-reviewed publications and he is a co-inventor on seven current US/International patents in the area of sleep/performance modeling. He currently serves as ex-officio member of the National Sleep Disorders Center Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board at the NIH; as an Associate Editor of the journal Sleep; as the Chairman, National Academy of Sciences Panel on “Behavior and Mental Health” (for the NASA 2010-2020 Decadal Survey); as a reviewer for the European Science Foundation/European Space Agency; and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation (www.sleepfoundation.org).