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Diane B. Boivin, MD, PhD

Founder/Director, Centre for Study and Treatment of Circadian Rhythms, Douglas Institute
Researcher, Douglas Institute
Full Professor, Department of Medecine, McGill University, Research Fellow in Sleep Disorders

Areas of expertise
Human circadian rhythms, sleep-wake cycle, phototherapy, night shift work and rotating shiftwork, jet lag, fatigue management

Diane B. Boivin completed her MD at Laval University in 1985 and conducts research as an expert in sleep and circadian rhythms since 1986. She obtained her PhD in neurological sciences at the University of Montreal in 1993. From 1992 to 1997, she completed a postdoctoral clinical/research fellowship in Boston in human chronobiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, affiliated to Harvard Medical School. Her research interests cover:

  • the problem of maladaptation to shift work
  • jet lag
  • fatigue risk management
  • the role of circadian rhythms in psychiatric conditions
  • the interaction between menstrual and circadian cycles
  • the circadian variation of cardiovascular function

Throughout her career, she won multiple prizes and awards such as the Gold medal of the Governor General of Canada, the Young Investigator Award Distinction from the American Sleep Research Society, the Honorary Award Distinction for Specialized Medicine from the Association des Médecins de Langue Française du Canada and over 15 salary awards from the FRSQ and CIHR grant agencies. In 2012, she was elected Circadian Head Section of the American Sleep Research Society.

During her career as a researcher, she has written over 300 publications. Diane Boivin is Associate Editor of the journal Sleep, and a member of the editorial committee of the journals Sleep Medicine, Chronobiology International, and Journal of Biological Rhythms. She is the guest editor for the journal Sleep Medicine of a 2007 special issue on circadian rhythms disorders. In 2012, she published a book for the general public on sleep and its disorders. This book entitled Le sommeil et vous. Mieux dormir, mieux vivre serves as a useful clinical tool for the management of sleep disorders patients.

Contact information
Douglas Institute
Frank B. Common Pavilion
Room F-1127
6875, LaSalle blvd
Montreal (Quebec)
H4H 1R3
Phone :
514 761-6131
ext.: 2397

Fax :
514 888-4064
Research division :
  • - Clinique
Awards and distinctions :
  • - SRS Young Investigator Award
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