Xiang Gao, M.D., Ph.D., is Research Scientist in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gao’s research investigates the relationships between environmental and dietary factors and the risk of neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and Restless legs syndrome. He serves as the Principal Investigator of a prospective study of restless legs syndrome funded by an R01 Research Project Grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dr. Gao works with data from several large, ongoing cohorts, including the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. He also works on dietary pattern methodology, employing mathematical approaches to evaluate U.S. nutritional recommendations, including the Food Pyramid and the Dietary Reference Intakes. Dr. Gao has published over 60 original articles and is first or senior author on about 35. He has served on the mentoring committee of Parkinson Study Group since 2008. Dr. Gao won the Irwin H. Rosenberg Award for excellence in predoctoral research from the Jean Mayor U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in 2006, the Mentored Clinical Research Award from the Parkinson Study Group in 2007, and the Wayne A. Hening Sleep Medicine Investigator Award from the American Academy of Neurology in 2011. Dr. Gao received his M.S. from the Chinese Academy of Medical Science and Peking Union Medical College and his M.D. from Shanghai Second Medical University. He received his Ph.D. in nutritional epidemiology from Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Col. Michael Jaffee, M.D., began his fellowship training in sleep medicine at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) on July 1, 2010. Previously, Col. Jaffee served as National Director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC). Prior to his selection as DVBIC national director, Col. Jaffee served as the SAUSHEC Neurology Program Director at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base and as the DVBIC San Antonio Site Director. He currently serves as the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Surgeon General Neurology Consultant. Col. Jaffee has served as an Aerospace Neurology Consultant at the Aerospace Consultation Service/USAF School of Aerospace Medicine and as the USAF Psychiatry Consultant on security clearance issues. His academic appointments include Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is also on the clinical faculty at the University of Virginia. Col. Jaffee serves as a Visiting Scientist to the Center for Information Technology of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His honors and awards include being the only Department of Defense physician selected as a William Webb fellow by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine for excellence in advancing the understanding of the mind-body interface, citations from the U.S. Surgeon General and the Iraqi Surgeon General, and commendations from four cabinet-level departments as well as the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. He was selected as the active-duty U.S. delegate to North Atlantic Treaty Organization for international coordination of traumatic brain injury initiatives. He has been involved in extensive research in the area of traumatic brain injury and is the author of many articles and papers. He has served on many federal panels and review boards and has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences as well as to the Institute of Medicine. Col. Jaffee holds an M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. He completed residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center where he was